Yves Saint Laurent’s influence on modern womenswear is inescapable. Founded in 1961 by Algerian-born Yves-Henri-Donat-Mathieu Saint Laurent, the iconic French house that practically invented the women’s tuxedo and trousers created the foundation for power dressing. While many of his contemporaries catered to the bourgeoisie with couture designs, Saint Laurent introduced luxury ready-to-wear to the world with great success.
In 2016, Anthony Vacarello was tapped as creative director of the mainstay French label, and has ensured Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche imprint holds strong with chic feminine pieces that are a brand of sexy defined by confident and cool. Loyal to Saint Laurent’s borrowed menswear aesthetic, Vacarello draws on the house’s archives as starting points. Menswear is now offered in tailored fits and carry a edgy glamour in design. From leather biker jackets and to the consistently reissued Sac du Jour bag, the Belgian designer takes high-street inspired ready-to-wear to new heights.