Le Smoking de Moderne
Inspired by my most recent visit to the YSL: The Perfection of Style at the SAM, I’m wearing an outfit that references back to the infamous Le Smoking tuxedo suit, first shown in the Autumn-Winter 1966 Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection. YSL created the look to replace evening wear for women. He believed a woman should feel the freedom to move. Since, a version of the tuxedo-suit has been produced in all the collection using the same fabric for the next 30 plus years.
It wasn’t until 1975, Helmut Newton photographed Le Smoking tuxedo-suit in Paris for French Vogue, that made solidified as an iconic look. Here the model is wearing a version the suit, in a dark lit alley way in Marais Paris, resembling an androgynous figure, with slick back hair and a smoke in her hand. This famous image has undoubtedly been referenced and reinterpreted for years by many designers, thereafter.
The jacket is made of a beautiful wool blend in a glen plaid. The pattern and style of jacket is classic and can be worn for years as it doesn’t go out of style. I styled it with a The Kooples white tuxedo shirt and dressed it up with a peter pan color necklace. The necklace is beaded with faceted jet black beads.
Some of the details of the white tuxedo shirt that I layered under the glen plaid jacket. The buttons are black with silver edges with pleated details along the cuff. The narrow skinny belt adds a nice polish look.
The black tapered leg pant from Helmut Lang is made of a light weight wool blend fabric, perfect for the Fall season. The length needs to hit right at the top of the heel, making sure not to overshadow the beauty of the shoes.
Which brings me to the finishing touch of my outfit, a pair black of YSL pumps. The shoes has faceted mirror heels that adds a bit of evening glam and enough sex appeal. It has a 4″ heel, which I have to admit wasn’t easy to walk in, but I had to did it for YSL!
Photo credit: Sarah Berends