Yves Saint Laurent was born in North Africa but found his m'tier in Paris, where he moved in 1954 to work for Dior. He took over the fashion house at the age of 21 before starting his own iconic label in 1961. Until his recent death, the designer spun timely trends into timeless couture.
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Below, Junior Fashion Editor Brent Coover shows you exactly how to make Yves Saint Laurent's look work for you.
1. ASCOT, RECEIVE NOT
Saint Laurent kept his air delicate (and his neck warm) in a suitably stylish manner. Green printed silk ascot by Salvatore Ferragamo, $145
2. THE JOY OF SPECS
During his heyday, YSL's thick-rimmed glasses were his signature. Vintage Master 2/s sunglasses by Carrera, $120
3. SAFARI SO GOOD
A child of the Maghreb, Saint Laurent never forsook his pied-noir past. Twill four-pocket jacket in crimini by Perry Ellis, available at Macy's, $165
4. FOR WHOM THE BELT TOLLS
Couture is about craftmanship. Why wear a leather belt when it can be handwoven? Woven belt by Etro, $290
5. BOOTS FOR BEATS
The designer brought the 1960s beatnik look from the Village to the world-fashion stage. Smoky side-zip boot by Yves Saint Laurent, $995