Fitting climax to Paris show
There were the famous Le Smokings - this time as strong-shouldered jacket and trouser and/or skirt combinations, but best of all transformed into a floor-sweeping black chiffon coat, tied at the waist with satin lapels. Saint Laurent introduced this now classic look in 1968 to relieve women of overblown and fussy evening wear.
The chiffon blouse worn with nothing beneath it, which once scandalised the fashion establishment, was sent out again. As a colourist, Saint Laurent remains unsurpassed. There were embroidered lime jackets worn with fine suede gloves in brightest fuchsia peaking out of the sleeves; a vivid purple sweater offset by a magenta belt. he also revisited Hungarian peasant-inspired evening wear. Skirts in jewel-coloured velvet were lifted to dizzy heights by beaded and embroidered tops in poppy and emerald, sunshine yellow and rose, and ultra-violet and flame.
Changes are afoot at the House of Saint Laurent, recently purchased by Pinault-Printemps Redoute from Sanofi. It is prime fodder for revitalisation. Paul Gautier, the designer tipped to take over the haute couture when Yves Saint Laurent retires, was at the show and they took a photocall together. However, a spokesperson for Saint Laurent said, quashing any rumours that might suggest otherwise: "For couture, it's business as usual."
Yves Saint Laurent is the greatest couturier of the latter part of this century. Long may he reign.
Belle Knox: How the porn star student from Duke University became bigger than Justin Bieber
Top 10 most expensive cities in the world: Singapore named costliest place to live – but what about London?
Oscar Pistorius trial: Neighbour feared athlete would use gun that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to shoot himself
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete 'cheated on me' with Reeva Steenkamp, former girlfriend Samantha Taylor tells Pretoria court
Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 The future of sex: The first female condoms were derided, mistrusted and shunned - but will their modern counterparts catch on?
- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
- 4 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
- 5 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...
£40k to £50k pa OTE £80k: Charter Selection: My client, a leading profitable a...
£46,141 to £51,816: Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland: The PPS i...