Yves Saint Laurent born August 1936 and died June 1, 2008, was a French fashion designer, pioneer, visionary, risk taker and revolutionary.
He is credited for rescuing the house of Dior from ruin in 1957 at the age of 21 with the introduction of the “Trapeze” dress. This brought haute couture back to its former glory, and at the same time, he made ready-to-wear fashionable and desireable.
Rescued the House of Dior in 1957
After winning a lawsuit against Dior in november 1960 for breach of contract, Saint Laurent branched out and launched his own brand. In the 60’s and 70’s, he is credited for these trends: Beatnik, Safari jackets, tight trousers, tall thigh high boots, the classic tuxedo suit for women and in 1965 the Mondrian Collection.
Many collections received rave reviews by fans and the press, but he also stirred up controversy with others.
In 1983, Saint Laurent became the first living fashion designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition.
In 2001, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the légion d’Honneur by French president Jacques Chirac.
In 2007, he was awarded the rank of grand officier de la légion d’Honneur by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Saint Laurent died June 1, 2008 of brain cancer at his home in Paris. He was survived by his mother and sisters.
The Yves Saint Laurent retrospective of his work has been touring the world to sell out crowds. the demand is so high many venues have added days when possible.
The tour opened in Paris in 2010.
The Yves Saint Laurent brand continues to push boundaries and attracts younger clientele as it is seen as hip and cool.
This is true in Beauty as well for Yves Saint Laurent with award winning fragrance launches and continued development of products with cutting edge technology.
The original face highlighter that launched a new generation of makeup. It emphasizes radiance over coverage and does not mask the skin.
Suggested Retail, $42
Feels like a feather. Wears like an ink. No more compromise. 24 hours of soft-matte perfection and comfort.
Suggested Retail, $60
Award Winner. A breakthrough innovation as Yves Saint Laurent revolutionizes the lip category by introducing a customized lip color suspended in a nourishing oil.
Suggested Retail, $32
First ever blur perfector in a compact. For contouring or all-over sun-kissed glow.
Suggested Retail, $55
Create Eyes like a work of art with Couture Palette. A high concentration of pearls and pigments and a network of transparent powders results in a long-lasting complex for optimal hold.
Suggested Retail, $60
Dressing women’s lips in couture colors is the inspiration for the ROUGE PUR COUTURE legacy; a wardrobe of iconic lipsticks able to deliver the promise of pure color, draped elegantly onto the lips.
Suggested Retail, $37
2015 Best New Female Fragrance by the Fragrance Foundation and Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.
Suggested Retail, $115 3oz Spray
NEW sparkling fragrance, inspired by Paris, the city of intense love. Red berries and pear immediately exude sensuality and femininity.
Suggested Retail, $122 3oz spray