Modern Living: Living for Design: All About Yves

The Saint Laurents, an old and distinguished family from Alsace, settled in the then French territory of Algeria in the 19th century. Yves, who was born in the port city of Oran, still feels drawn to the silky, sun-baked lands of North Africa—no longer to the Algeria of his childhood, now an austere socialist state, but to laissez-faire Morocco. There, at his magnificent Arab-style palace in the ancient fortress city of Marrakech, the designer talked at length last week with TIME Paris Bureau Chief Gregory Wierzynski about his aims, his dreams and his...