Le Smoking, the ultimate tuxedo suit created by Yves Saint Laurent in 1996, was the first of its kind, catching the attention of the fashion world due to its rebellious masculine silhouette. Giving a sense of empowerment to women who dared to break away from dresses and skirts, the ultimate power suit has since been a major staple in women’s fashion and continues to influence designers each season. Remaining one of Saint Laurent’s iconic designs, Hedi Slimane brought back Le Smoking this year, in various blazer and tailored pant options. To get the modern look today, be inspired by some of the biggest stylesetters and shop our favorite smoking jackets below.
From actress Emma Watson to fashion editor Emmanuelle Alt, see how they embrace their androgynous side for a sophisticated and chic look.
Model Freja Beha Erichsen in Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Fall 2013 ad campaign.
Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue, Rue Aubriot, Paris, 1975 by Helmut Newton.
Actress Emma Watson in a Saint Laurent suit, March 2014.
Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a tuxedo jacket at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014.
Shop Smoking Jackets
From lust-worthy selections by Saint Laurent and Burberry to more realistic options by Theory and Catherine Malandrino, shop the best tuxedo style jackets of the season below.