Ten iconic power couples that have shaped the world of Art, Film and Fashion

By Balthazar Malevolent


Rick Owens and Michele Lamy

The bizarre couple Michele Lamy and Rick Owens seems to be the best couple ever. No matter there have been rumors about Rick Owens homosexuality he said “Frankly, in the beginning, I made a point of bringing up my sexuality just because I wanted it before anyone else could. I was with Michele and hated the idea of someone whispering to her “you know, I think your husband’s gay”. I was going to say it first. I didn’t want anyone to think they could embarrass me or Michele.” Sexuality doesn’t seem to be a problem as they complete each other perfectly, both in private life and work.

Rick Owens and Michele Lamy at MOCA Furniture Show.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

Having first seen each other at Christian Dior's funeral in 1957, they only really met in 1958 during a dinner organized by a journalist from Harper's Bazaar, Marie-Louise Bousquet. It is Pierre who took the first step, and congratulated the designer for his first Dior collection. Six months later, they have settled together and founded the Yves Saint-Laurent brand. Pierre was in charge of the house's financial management when Yves was designing the silhouettes that were going to revolutionize the 20th-century fashion. Although their story wanders in the 80s against the background of alcohol, drugs and deception, the two have never separated and stayed together until Yves Saint Laurent death in 2008.

The Telegraph Pierre Bergé, business brain behind Yves Saint Laurent.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal

They've met on the set of Aux Eyes du Monde, in 1990. Charlotte was 19 years old - it was the year after the death of Serge Gainsbourg, that they started dating. The perfect embodiment of the Parisian couple, they collaborated on several productions made by Yvan, such as Ma femme est une actrice and Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants. Two almost autobiographical films, except that after 22 years spent together and having three children, they are still not married. Rumors says Charlotte Gainsbourg refused the proposal in 2013.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.

Michelle and Barack Obama

Their first date? In 1989. A visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a film screening: Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee. An instant thunderbolt, according to the 44th President of the United States: "We clicked immediately. It only took me one meeting to get convinced." After three years of relationship, Barack made his proposal at the Gordon restaurant, also in Chicago. The whole world knows what has happened next.

Michelle and Barack Obama.

Linda and Paul McCartney

When Paul met Linda at the Bag O'Nails bar in London, he fell in love with her at first sight. "She was about to leave, so I went to approach her to ask her name," said the ex-Beatle in an interview. They meet again for days later and spent their first year in a tumultuous on-and-off relationship, then ended up moving in together and getting married. They did not leave each other for 30 years, until the photographer died in 1998. They were living in total harmony, where Linda, realistic and down to earth, would give a perfect counterpoint to the whimsical personality of the musician.

Linda and Paul McCartney.

Tom Ford and Richard Buckley

"The first night I went out with Richard, I felt like I already knew everything about him," said Tom Ford about Richard Buckley, whom he met at a New York fashion show in 1986. Richard was 38 years old and an influential fashion journalist for Women's Wear Daily, Tom was a young fashion designer, barely 25. A week later, Tom went to the WWD editorial office to collect pieces after a shoot: that was the beginning of a relationship that has lasted for 30 years. "I can't imagine my life without Tom," explained Buckley in an interview.

Vogue Tom Ford Husband Richard Buckley Love At First Sight.

Phoebe Philo and Max Wigram

Céline's artistic director and the London gallery owner are one of the most influential couples in England. And, undoubtedly, one of the most stable in the world of art and fashion: they have been married since 2004 and have three children. To keep the family together, Phoebe even moved the studio from the Parisian Céline house to London. A business union? Not really as the couple said recently that they have no plans to collaborate, neither in art nor in fashion. Do not mixing work and private life may be the secret of the love that lasts.

Phoebe Philo and Max Wigram.

Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli

They've met at a fair in Milan in 1977, and became partners eight years later, when Miuccia entrusted Patrizio with the post of sales manager for Prada leather goods. Still working hand in hand today, the couple is known for their fighting spirit: "You have to work hard," explains Miuccia Prada. We've always had an intense relationship, and it's sometimes hard to collaborate, although I admire and respect Patrizio.” This collaboration makes the two Italians one of the most powerful couples in the fashion world. Together, they imposed their vision on Prada, Miu Miu and generally within the Prada Group, which now owns companies such as Helmut Lang or Jil Sander.

Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli.

Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars

They spoke for the first time at the production of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack, in which Thomas took part with his "Air" band. The two would not start dating until after Marie-Antoinette, for which Thomas also composes a part of the soundtrack, with Phenix this time. They married in 2011 at the Palazzo Margherita, in the village of Bernalda in Italy and now have two daughters: Romy and Cosma. The two work together regularly, for instance on "A Very Murray Chrismas" theater play or "Somewhere" movie, both orchestrated by Coppola.

Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars.

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

Among the few love stories that survive in the hectic world of Hollywood, we noted one of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. They fell on top of each other in the early 1950s on Broadway, then met again in 1957 during the shooting of The Long, Hot Summer and then started a love story that everyone would envy. Joanne and Paul got married the following year and lived a stable relationship despite the regular rumors of separation. The union lasedt until the death of Newman in 2008. In 2013, the cinema industry paid homage to the couple by putting their photo on the official poster of the Cannes Film Festival. "It was a couple who perfectly embodied the cinema spirit," explained the festival organizers.

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.
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