Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What is Le Smoking?

Created by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, the Le Smoking style incorporates a long, thin tuxedo-style trouser suit for women. It's a favorite of Catherine Deneuve, Diane Keaton, and Lauren Bacall. However, the term references the French mot for dinner jacket, a "smoking," rather than the actual act of smoking, even though the connection was made famous by photographer Helmut Newton, who took the iconic photo of the Le Smoking-clad model holding a cigarette.  It's a great option for formal wear if you are not comfortable in an evening gown or even as and 'out-to-dinner outfit.  I would femme it up with sparkly rhinestone pins or flowers, but it's a very glamorous and sophisticated look for all ages!

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