Monday, June 9, 2008

RIP Yves Saint Laurent

I would be remiss in not posting about the passing of one of the world's fashion legends, Mr. Yves Saint Laurent. A prodigy at an incredibly young age (he took over the house of Dior at age 21 in 1958), YSL was an innovator who also never lost touch with the needs of the modern woman. 

From Le Smoking (his iconic jacket) to safari looks to color-block Mondrian patterns on simple shift silhouettes, YSL's designs were calculated but stunningly easy to wear. Maybe even more important to women: His introduction of pants into the wardrobes of working women in the late 1960s. 

He was also visionary in working with women who would have a lasting impact on global style. His partnership with Catherine Deneuve (one of the world's most beautiful women) was magical. If you haven't seen one of my favorite movies, Belle de Jour, starring Ms. Deneuve dressed solely in YSL creations, you are sorely missing out. 

YSL passed away on June 1 in his home in Paris after a lengthy illness, and he will be deeply missed. Luckily, you can click right here to see a fantastic selection of Yves Saint Laurent handbags, where his chic legacy lives on. I'll leave you with YSL's enduring legacy: "Fashions fade, style is eternal."

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