Since establishing his prestigious fashion house in 1962, Yves Saint Laurent has created many legacies – the most significant of them being the Le Smoking suit. In 1966, the famous couturier designed a tuxedo suit for women, and as the first of its kind, gained worldwide attention in the fashion world and in popular culture. The Le Smoking suit pioneered minimalist, long and androgynous fashion for women and established the mainstream wear of power suits and pantsuits in contemporary society. The Le Smoking suit created a revolutionary influence on fashion photography as shoots began to feature androgynous models with slicked back hair and three-piece suits, in styles first popularised by esteemed photographer Helmut Newton. The Le Smoking suit continues to maintain a huge influence in high fashion due to its empowering attributes and its ability to enable women to wear clothes traditionally worn by men with influence and power. It is more relevant than ever for hardworking and successful twenty first century women who value syle and sophistication. This season Hedi Slimane takes a psych rock take on the Le Smoking suit, with the Jacket 1B series that effortlessly blends attitude with sophistication. The Jacket 1B Navy Dark Blazer is tuxedo style with one button, a style which is designed to be worn both casually and formally, as seen on Kristen Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow, to cater to any personal style and occasion. For a Le Smoking style composition the Jacket 1B Navy Dark blazer can be paired with the Mid Waist Straight Leg pants in navy dark and the plain black signature Saint Laurent scarf for a put together, youthful yet sophisticated look. The Jacket 1B Tux Finish Sable in Nero is the standard and statement black jacket, ideal for the modern workingwoman. This piece is a must-have blazer to finish any work outfit making it a convenient and effortless everyday option. The Saint Laurent Jacket 1B Tux Finish Sable Jacketcan be paired with the Slightly Flared pants in Nero and plain red Saint Laurent scarf for additional style and colour. The Jacket 1B with Tux Finish Floral Cotton demonstrates Hedi Slimane’s feminine take on the traditional men’s style blazer. The floral cotton element adds a sense of prettiness and seasonal style, while maintaining the sophisticated attributes of a suit jacket. This jacket is for the fashionable woman with a pretty style, who still means business. In keeping with his interest in tapestry this season, Hedi Slimane provides the most statement blazer of the collection in multicolour floral tapestry – the Jacket 1B With Tux Finish Sable/Tapestry. This jacket is a uniquely stunning piece that eludes classic Saint Laurent elegance and sophistication. For a more glamourous take on the Le Smoking look, there is the Saint Laurent Crop Jacket with gold button detailing. This jacket is perfect for a night time work or social occasion that requires style and sophistication. It can be paired with any of the classic Saint Laurent scarves for additional elegance, such as the Polka dot black and white or polkadot black and bordeaux, the leopard solid in beige and black, or even the georgette styles scarves in brown and black or black and red.
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