Friday, January 22, 2010


Yves Saint Laurent certainly made Le Smoking a de rigeur additon to a fashionable woman's closet when he introduced the look in 1966. Season after season, the incomparable YSL offered variations of his signature tuxedo for women. Thierry Mugler has always been inspired by a certain 1940s era old Hollywood vamp, so naturally Mugler has appropriated versions of Le Smoking in his collections, too.

Below we have two dresses that offer variations of a tuxedo dress for women. The first tuxedo dress is a Mugler dramatic slit-up-to-the-top-of-your-thigh number from the early 1990s. It's ultra sexy and would look amazing with a pair of Gareth Pugh tight leather pants for a decidedly 21st century look. The second dress is YSL from Winter 1993 and although it is from the same period of Mugler's tux take, YSL's version is a bit more demure. With classic satin collar and cuff details and large black jet buttons (YSL always uses the best buttons), this dress may not be provocative like the Mugler, but it is very appropriate for a myriad of situations and has details that keep it from being, dare we say, boring.

Either tux dress seems destined to be a dependable garment in a closet of a Decades client. Maybe the same woman will buy both and have the option of being "naughty" or "nice!"

Thierry Mugler tux dress (can be worn as a coat), c. early 1990s. Marked size 40, modern 4 to 6
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche tux dress, Winter 1993, Marked size 38, modern 6.
(Forgive the lighting but lots of rain here in Los Angeles, so it's messing with our usual natural light. Tomorrow we pray for sun!) SOLD!
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