Monday Musings: Yves Saint Laurent

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

— Yves Saint-Laurent

Those are the wise words from famous Algerian born French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Born Aug 1. 1963-Died June 1, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent left for Paris after finishing secondary school to pursue fashion, and was hired at seventeen as Christian Dior’s assistant. Four years later, upon the death of Dior, Yves was named the head of Dior house. His first collection named the “Trapeze Collection”, introduced a new silhouette with narrow shoulders and wide skirts.

After serving in the French military, he  was replaced at Dior and in 1962 opened his own fashion help with the help of his friend Berge’s financial backing. He is known for popularizing trousers for woman, the haute peasant look of the 1970s and feminizing basic shapes of the male wardrobe. He retired in 2002 and died of brain cancer in his Paris home.

Fun Facts about Yves Saint Laurent

  • He was the first French couturier to come out with a  prêt-à-porter, or ready to wear line.
  • Famous for “Le smoking” tuxedo jacket, see through blouses, peasant blouses, and the paint suits.
  • In 1983 he became the first living fashion designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • In 1966, he broadcasted his haute couture show live on the internet.
  • He was painfully shy, much like his mentor Dior, and ran away from the crowd who wanted to congratulate him after his first show.
  • Was inspired by many modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian whom he borrowed design aesthetics from.
  • In 1971 created his first line of men’s cologne and posed for an ad that was famous for being scandalous due to his lack of clothing. (I included it below)

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

— Yves Saint Laurent 

My first outfit channels a look featured in one of Yves Saint Laurent’s collections in 2009, which is a monochromatic maroon look. Yves loved using sheer and played with studs, to make the sheer fabric seem tougher. I added this adorable black bow studded belt, black earrings and a pair of black booties to tie the look together.

“The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there.” -Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Simple and Chic
This look features the typical style of Saint Laurent taking mens wear looks, and adding a feminine touch. I added this great jacket to go with a pussy bow blouse, a pair of black jeans and classic black pumps. This outfit is my updated take on the pant suit, perfect for a day at the office or internship!

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

— Yves Saint Laurent 

Yes! Yves Saint Laurent
This last look is based on a famous Yves Saint Laurent dress, based on the artistic style of Piet Mondrian, a dutch painter, who had a great influence on the designer. The dress is a cute frock from Asos, which could be worn with a long black shirt underneath, and the pattern can be applied from bags to shoes.
Do you have a favorite look by Yves Saint Laurent? Or a favorite quote? Post it below!

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