More than a half-century after its historic debut, Hedi Slimane has reinvigorated the iconic le smoking under the Saint Laurent label.
When the late Yves Saint Laurent introduced le smoking in 1966, Women's Wear Daily headlined, "Yve Sparks Elegant Reign of Terror." Not since Marlene Dietrich sashayed across the stage wearing a top hat and tails in 1930's Morocco, had a woman in pants made such a splash. Saint Laurent's suiting was the catalyst for a radical shift in the way modern, stylish women dress—one that is still felt today.
Slimane is fashion's reigning king of cool and thanks to red carpet tuxedo looks from Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie and even Kourtney Kardashian, he has us seriouslyin the mood for after-dark menswear. After all, seeing the unabashedly feminine Jolie sporting a tux jacket and slim trousers (with a bow tie undone just so) pushed our chic meter to its apex.
Emma Watson has been on a fashion hot streak as of late, but perhaps never more so than when she arrived at Late Show With David Letterman in her Saint Laurent le smoking styled with what GQ calls "the invisible tie."
The Saint Laurent-clad women in 2014 have inspired us to revisit some favorite tuxedo moments past from Ashley Olsen, Janelle Monae, Carey Mulligan and more. Every satin lapel and perfectly-tailored hem has us plotting our own menswear looks to impress at upcoming events.
Want to try the trend yourself? We'll leave you with a quick styling note: le smoking is at its best when accompanied by simple black pumps, red lips, and a hand resting casually in your pocket. Fin.