Classically tailored pantsuits and tuxedo jackets are the quintessential combination of confidently chic and sexy. And few designers are doing it better than current Saint Laurent Creative Director, Hedi Slimane. His impeccably constructed tuxedo jackets and suits, which are showing up increasingly on the red carpet, are a testament to honouring the legacy of the brand’s namesake, the incomparable Yves Saint Laurent.
Yves introduced the androgynous look in 1966. And while it was controversial at the time, it quickly became a favourite of legendary trend setters and fashion followers like famous New York socialite Nan Kempner and French actress Catherine Deneuve. He called the tuxedo jacket (usually pairing it with stilettos) “Le Smoking” and wrote about the eternal quality of the look in a catalogue of his work in 2005, “For a woman, Le Smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion” (from the catalogue of his 2005 exhibition Smoking Forever, via telegraph.co.uk). And he was definitely right. Because the look is just as popular today as ever. Yves loved the look so much, he dressed every model (and some famous muses like Deneuve) in the look for his last haute-couture show in 2002.
The iconic Saint Laurent ‘Le Smoking’ tuxedo jacket with sating lapel is available on ysl.com for $2,950. But you don’t have to spend that much to achieve a similar look (some good options are below). So take my advice, a classic tuxedo jacket or a well tailored black suit will never go out of style and should be a wardrobe stable. They’re eternally chic – and fancy.