Women owe a debt of gratitude Mr. Yves Saint Lauren and his Le Smoking tuxedo suit. He revolutionized the way women approached getting dressed for special occasions and gave them versatility in the process. Forty-five years later, the tuxedo is a must in the closet of both sexes, and as New Year’s Eve approaches, it’s a sophisticated and sexy alternative to the LBD.
Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing is still enamored with the Le Smoking all these years later, and says there’s no shortage of ways to wear a tuxedo — so break it up.
Moschino Cheap & Chic tuxedo dress, retails for $750, rents for $75 at www.renttherunway.com
“You see a lot of Mr. St Laurent’s idea in fashion today. Nobody had put a woman in pants before,” Downing says. “The tuxedo jacket tops cocktail dresses, or put it on over jeans with a big bow blouse.
"That pant goes from day-to-night and becomes a go-to trouser."
Q Clothiers offers bespoke tuxedos for the dashing gentleman.
J. Crew Black Tie Pump, $199, www.jcrew.com
Hamilton Shirts classic tuxedo shirt, starting at $325, Available at www.hamiltonshirts.com or at their Houston store.
Rebecca & Drew took their cues from the runway and introduced their own tuxedo. Timeless and sophisticated, the tuxedo uses the same made-to-measure technology found in their line of dresses and shirts. Tuxedos start at $900.
Of course, the tuxedo goes beyond just the suit, and its influences are found in everything from dresses to clutches, so add a bit of luxe tux this season. Mr. St. Laurent would appreciate it.
Payton Sequin Snake Clutch, $195, www.elaineturner.com
Claridge +King His Is Hers sleepshirt, $150, Availaible at Kuhl-Linscomb and www.claridgeandking.com
Velvet Tuxedo Blazer, $129, www.bananarepublic.com
Olivier Wool Gaberdine Blazer, $346, Isabel Wool GaberdinePant, $206, www.toryburch.com
Marc by Marc Jacobs Havana Floral Silk Tuxedo Pants, $398, Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com
Brynn Bow Ballet Flat, $89, www.bananarepublic.com
Robert Rodriguez blouse and skirt, earrings and bracelet by Carol Lipworth, Available at M Penner.
Give your nails the tux treatment with Yves Saint Laurent's No. 6 Terriblement Noir nail polish duo. Inspired by the Le Smoking jacket, the tone-on-tone combines for a satin and velvet finish. Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com