The Le Smoking jacket for women was created by Yves St. Laurent in 1966. This androgynous style was and still is daring and chic. There is one photograph that has set Yves St. Laurent’s infamous ensemble in fashion history forever, which was taken by Helmut Newton. You know the one, you’ve seen it before, and although it was taken in the late 60s, it still looks modern and current….
Women like Bianca Jagger, Catherine Deneuve and Lauren Bacall adopted the “Le Smoking” tuxedo style suit while many women across the globe were still wearing incredibly feminine and naive clothing; maxi dresses, mini dresses, rainbow color pallets, color blocked shifts and bells. For our ReStyle series at BurdaStyle we styled Alden in our men’s tuxedo jacket. The inspiration behind this look is obvious, but I wanted to add a freshness to this classic play on masculine/feminine. We paired the tux jacket with Alden’s own plaid dress, sheer polka dot tights, statement jewelry and recreated the infamous slicked back hairstyle and dark eyes.
Pictured above: Le Smoking by Helmut Newton, Catherine Deneuve and Yves St. Laurent, Alden in our tux pattern, 1960s girls in mini dresses