Monday, November 24, 2008


We love vintage Yves Saint Laurent at Decades. We can't seem to buy enough of Monsieur Saint Laurent's legendary Haute Couture and Ready to Wear designs that our discrimating clients crave so much. Here is an early 1980s Rive Gauche design in two masculine fabrics, but designed to be purely feminine. The body of this dress is black gabardine, not the first fabric one thinks of when it comes to a LBD. To pump up the testosterone even more, Saint Laurent deftly uses cream canvas to create a flirty 1930s style ruffle collar around the neck of the dress. Balancing the masculine fabric are large black grosgrain ribbons that clearly define this dress as being feminine. The dress hits above the knee and is fitted along the body. It's a year-round fabric so this dress is likely to be ultra-reliable in your closet. This is a great moment to invest in reliable clothing. However, as this dress so clearly demonstrates, reliable need not be boring.

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black gabardine and cream canvas collar cocktail dress, c. 1980s. Marked size 38, modern 4 to 6
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