yves saint laurent

  • The controversial history of the power suit

    The trouser suit has always been political. It took one woman by the name of Coco Chanel to run with an idea that would begin to change all that. The style is still used in Karl Lagerfeld’s collections for Chanel to this very day.

  • Saint Laurent Co-Founder Bashes Designers Who Cater to Muslims

    Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 2003; a look by Dolce & Gabbana. Photos: Getty; Dolce & Gabbana Clothing geared towards Islamic women is one of the fastest growing sectors in the clothing industry (the market is expected to be worth $484 billion by 2019) — but one fashion legend isn’t having it. On Wednesday, Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé — Saint Laurent’s partner in both business and life until the designer died in 2008 of brain cancer — denounced those labels that are now catering to women who wear hijabs and other religious coverings.  “I am scandalized,” he told French radio station Europe 1 (via The Guardian).

  • Two Museums Dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent Are Opening in 2017

    It was announced on Thursday that not one but two museums will open in 2017 dedicated to the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. The projects are being organized by Pierre Bergé Foundation, which is helmed by the designer’s longtime business and life partner, Pierre Bergé.

  • A Brief History of Women In Tuxedos

    Marlene Dietrich became a big fan of the tux in the 1930s, wearing it both on and offscreen. Later on, the look evolved from a costume to a style statement thanks to Yves Saint Laurent who designed Le Smoking, the ultimate power suit, in 1966. Though it caused an uproar at the time, it was quickly favored by the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Betty Catroux, and Catherine Deneuve.

  • Saint Laurent’s Made A Grunge Tiara for the People

    If your definition of grunge starts and ends with Kurt Cobain, here’s an actual one, from the dictionary: : a type of loud rock music that was popular especially in the early 1990s; also : the fashions associated with this type of music : heavy dirt Until now, no one would have ever suggested that “the fashion associated with this type of music” includes tiaras. And yet, as YSL live-tweeted their SS16 runway show, sharing previously shot images of the collection and too-cool models (hey what’s up hello Agyness Deyn!), the brand made not one but two mentions of “the grunge tiara.” First, that classic phrase, “to be worn with anything.”

  • Mad for Morocco: Why Designers From YSL to Tory Burch to Dries Van Noten Can’t Get Enough

    Photography by Jerome Corpuz Styling by Jaime Kay Waxman Hair by Neil Grupp Makeup by Georgi Sandev Model Grace Simmons at Next Models Production by Fred Fantun  From the moment Yves Saint Laurent first set foot in Marrakech in 1966, the fashion world has been mad for Morocco. The late Algerian-born designer famously carried on a lifelong love affair with the country and its style, spending downtime there with his partner Pierre Bergé and eventually purchasing the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, a vibrant blue villa and gardens that today hosts frequent pilgrimages from fashion insiders and exhibitions dedicated to local culture. Morocco’s lavish clothing and craft traditions repeatedly found their way into YSL’s influential collections through his interpretations of such silhouettes as the caftan, djellaba (a hooded outer layer), and harem pants, and details like Berber-inspired embroidery and jewelry. "But I wasn’t content with importing this culture,“ he explained in 1983. ”I annexed, transformed and adapted it.“ Since then, countless designers—from Valentino to Diane von Furstenberg— have been traveling (both literally and figuratively) to the country for inspiration.