Sunday, June 1, 2008
A fashion legend is gone
Designer Yves Saint Laurent passed away today at the age of 71. Monsieur Laurent's impact on the fashion world is immeasurable profound and he was one of the last great couturiers included with the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.
In 1957, the Algerian-born Saint Laurent became the head designer of Christian Dior, making the line famous for his trapeze silhouette. In 1960, he was drafted into the military, setting off a lifelong battle with nerves and depression. After Dior died, Laurent became the head designer for the label at the age of 21. After leaving Dior, the "enfant terrible" started his own label and his legendary women's tuxedos, pantsuits and smoking jackets are still desirable even today. He retired in 2002 and has been battling a long illness.
He will be missed.
Times Topics: Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent collections from 2000 to 2008
His final collection before retirement (Spring 2002 Couture)
Here are some of my favorite looks from the YSL Spring/Summer 2008 collection: (Photos: Style.com)