Le Smoking Forever

Yves Saint Laurent Couture

Today, Saint Laurent revealed that Hedi Slimane will restore the brand’s couture collection, which Yves Saint Laurent last designed himself in 2002. We’ll have to wait to see what Slimane comes up with, but it’s part of the brand’s DNA to transform something everyday into something absolutely haute. To inspire him, here’s a look back at Saint Laurent’s iconic Le Smoking couture ensembles.


For his 1967 Spring/Summer haute-couture collection, Yves Saint Laurent paired a full dinner jacket suit with open-toed pumps.

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An elaborate headscarf adds some color to this 1971 Spring/Summer haute couture double-breasted suit look.

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A shiny skimmer hat gives this 1997 Spring/Summer haute-couture collection look an old school appeal.

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Yves Saint Laurent went head-to-toe pink and safari for his 2000 Spring/Summer haute couture collection.

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For his 2001 Fall/Winter haute couture collection, Yves Saint Laurent replaced the traditional jacket with some fur and forwent shirts altogether.

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Yves Saint Laurent did a tailored grey suit for 2001 Spring/Summer, adding some white gloves and a pop of color. Vive Le Smoking as well as the red lip!

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