Iconic Designer Passes Away...


One of the world's most influential fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent, died at his home in Paris on Sunday at the age of 71.

During his prolific career, which spanned nearly five decades, the Algerian-born designer became known for his ability to provide women chic and wearable styles.

One of his most memorable creations was the tuxedo for women, known as Le Smoking, which was first introduced in 1966 and worn by Lauren Bacall, Betty Catroux and Lou Lou de la Falaise among others.

"Fashion isn't just to decorate women, but to reassure them, give them confidence." - Saint Laurent in January 2002

Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Yohji Yamamoto and Vera Wang are just a few of the major names in fashion that have publicly paid tribute to the iconic designer.

Yves Saint Laurent is now being spearheaded creatively by Stefano Pilati and Naomi Campbell will be the face of the brand's autumn/winter 2008-9 campaign.