Reported just a few hours ago on USA Today’s website is the death of Yves Saint Laurent. The fashion legend, 71, passed away in Paris on Sunday. Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent’s business partner for four decades, said he had died at his Paris home following a long illness.
Saint Laurent’s three-letter monogram is perhaps as synonymous with — and significant to — 20th-century style as T.S. Eliot’s is with literature. He was “unquestionably the greatest designer” from the 1950s to 2000, says Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT (New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology). Saint Laurent’s influence and magnitude is eclipsed only by Coco Chanel, Steele says. “Just as Chanel brought modernism into women’s fashion, you could say Yves Saint Laurent brought fashion up to a kind of contemporary life. – USA Today
Personally I first heard of YSL when I moved to the city in ’98 and became a bit more fashion conscious. His line was definitely clean with a casual touch. Also the fragrance Live Jazz was a personal favorite of mine for years and still is a classic fragrance in my mind.