8. Yves St. Laurent and Le Smoking


 Tommy Hilfiger
 The Original "Le Smoking"
A more stylish version by Armani 



In 1966 Yves St. Laurent shocked the world by going in a completely different direction to the rest of the fashion world. He did it with grace and elegance that only YSL could pull off. He introduced the first female slimline suit and called it "Le Smoking" it gave birth to a whole new type of androgynous look. It was seen as the alternative to Chanel's "Little Black Dress" and represented a whole new version of the working power woman. In todays fashion it is almost any female trouser suit can trace its ancestry back to "Le Smoking". It clearly displays how ahead of his time YSL was and how he is sorely missed.