“Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal” – The Iconic Smocking Jacket by Saint Laurent

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Growing up as a French girl, you learn a few things about fashion. Living in Paris you are enveloped by the influences of Haute Couture giants, experiencing firsthand the timeless styles of Parisian women.

Coco Chanel brought us the Little Black Dress; one of the first fashion tips my mother gave to me. Christian Dior celebrated the femininity of women, and showed them how to highlight their waists and curves with the famous “New Look”. Finally, Yves-Saint Laurent empowered us, daring to design a piece straight from the men’s wardrobe: the Smoking jacket, the first tuxedo jacket for women.

To celebrate the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition, I accepted a collaboration with Farfetch to compose an outfit starring this iconic piece, respecting Saint Laurent’s famous words: “Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal”.

Interesting quote for a Fashion designer, isn’t it?

When you look at Yves Saint Laurent’s muses, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise, you see two women with a different approach to fashion: Betty was very modern, edgy, with touch of rock-n-roll, while Loulou was more about ethnic jewelry and fabrics. Both had their own unique style, something that Saint Laurent valued more than anything in a woman.

To me, when he says “Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal”, he means that there is no point in following trends if you haven’t found your own signature style. Fashion passes quickly (very quickly these days), but your style defines you and allows you to play with fashion instead of being its slave.

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Following this concept, I imagined something different from the classical tuxedo outfit (mostly seen with a pantsuit and a white blouse) created by Saint Laurent in 1966. I tried to imagine a style which fits my own me; an outfit I could wear today and in 10 years with the same pleasure.

If you follow this blog, you know my adulation for stripes (is it my French blood or just an obsession?). It’s a timeless basic which, when combined with the Tuxedo jacket, gives an effortless chic style, that is so very Parisian. I would contrast the strict cut of the jacket with a black and white silk skirt, and then add another touch of femininity by enhancing my waist with a belt. To complete the look, I would pick chunky heel boots, a wink to the male closet which Saint Laurent loved to mix with the woman’s.

The more I look at this, the more I think I could never get bored of this outfit, never ever!

What’s your interpretation of Saint Laurent’s words: “Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal?”

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