My design style is very pulled together and sophisticated and I want to play with the suit especially a pants suit and see what interpretation I can create.
The pants suit is a staple of every working woman's wardrobe. It is a fashion icon that can be dressed up, dressed down and dressed every which way around. It is a single outfit that gave women an equal footing to men. And for that we have one man to thank, Yves Saint Laurent.
It all began with Le Smoking. A pants suit immortalised in Helmut Newton’s 1975 black and white photograph of a model with slicked back hair, smoking a cigarette down a dark alleyway in her Le Smoking suit. The androgyny of the image is mysteriously appealing. It is a moment of empowerment for women.
"For a woman, le smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion. Fashion's come and go, but style is forever." Yves Saint Laurent
While Yves Saint Laurent will always be the master of the pants suit, I wanted to share with you some suits from other designers in recent collections that reference the spirit of the Le Smoking.
"Le Smoking" by Yves Saint Laurent
Junya Watanabe Spring 2010
Jean Paul Gaultier Pre-Fall 2010
Dsquared Fall 2010
Giorgio Armani Pre-Fall 2010
Hermes Fall 2010
Image source: Style.com