– Created in 1966 by famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent the Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world and in popular culture. It pioneered long, minimalist, androgynous styles for women, as well as the use of power suits and the pantsuit in modern-day society. (Historical Facts)

– In his pre-fall collection, the designer was inspired by YSL’s “Opium” era. He claimed he didn’t want to let that go, hence the vintage Bianca Jagger moments in this show. But his experience with his Fall menswear was also significant. The lean, boyish silhouette of that outing clearly influenced Pilati’s experiments with the most familiar codes of haute bourgeois dressing—a skirtsuit, sweater, and pants; fabrics as classic as a dogtooth or a Prince of Wales check. (Style.com on Stefano Pilati’s pre-fall collection)

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011 Collection

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011 Collection

One of the biggest trends for upcoming Fall 2011, besides the timeless polka dots and mixed print pattern is the Tuxedo. This time designers decided to borrow again some elements from the men’s closet.

Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 Collection

Stella McCartney Fall 2011

I remember tuxedo being popular in 2008 when Rihanna wore her Dolce&Gabbana suit with exaggerated shoulders for her appearance at the MET Gala. This trend is back, but this time it is represented in a much more elegant way. It is a beautiful mélange of masculine cuts and feminine forms.

Stella McCartney Fall 2011

Stella McCartney Fall 2011

Isabel Marant Fall 2011

Isabel Marant Fall 2011

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