Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal

Originally a maverick and a generator of controversy — in 1968, his suggestion that women wear pants as an everyday uniform was considered revolutionary. Yves Saint Laurent, who exploded on the fashion scene in 1958 as the boy-wonder successor to Christian Dior and endured as one of the best-known and most influential designers of the second half of the 20th century, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 71.

-We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.
-To be beautiful, all a woman needs is a black pullover and a black skirt and to be arm in arm with a man she loves.
-Fashion isn’t just to decorate women, but to reassure them, give them confidence.
-Is elegance not totally forgetting what one is wearing?

But his manager and partner, Pierre Berg, said he was a “man of exceptional intelligence practising the trade of an imbecile”. NICE!

Yves was responsible for changing the way modern women dress, putting them into pants both day and night, into peacoats and safari jackets, into “le smoking” (as the French call a man’s tuxedo jacket), and into leopard prints, and trench coats.

Saint Laurent often sought inspiration on the streets, bringing the Parisian beatnik style to couture runways and adapting the sailors’ peacoats he found in Army-Navy stores in New York into jackets that found their way into women’s wardrobes around the world. Among the famous; Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso, Nan Kempner, and Lauren Bacall.

When Yves Saint Laurent created a new accessory, the fashion contingent flocked to place an order while the high street worked on how best to imitate the look.

Whatever he did, women of all ages, from all over the world, followed.


  1. Yes, I loved him!! I wanted to be Lou Lou de la Falaisse.
    Pierre’s quote is wonderful :)
    Nice tribute, Tamora.

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