Yves Saint Laurent's Original Le Smoking SketchPhotos: Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent
and 1966 Incarnation of the Style
In her recent article for the Telegraph online, Alice Newbold charts the rise of the Tuxedo jacket, created by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent.
As she writes, it was a shaky start for 'Le Smoking', as when the international fashion press gathered to watch the designer's 'Pop Art' collection in Paris in 1966, in which his first tailored suits were featured, they weren't impressed. However, undeterred, he made the trouser suit the centrepiece of his 1967 couture show, which received rave reviews, and the rest, as they say, is history...
Today, designers including Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and Stella McCartney all continue to pay homage to the iconic tailored jacket, with their own takes on the tuxedo. And when Hedi Slimane became creative director of YSL in 2012, his reworking of the designer's classic masculine styles were an instant hit, and have garnered a celebrity following...
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The success of this simple but oh so stylish piece can probably be summed up by the great man himself who said, "...for a woman, Le Smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion. Fashions come and go, but style is forever."
And we have a timeless tuxedo here in store, just perfect for the party season...
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To read Alice's article in full click here