Le smoking has a considerable lineage in women’s fashion dating back to the 1930s when Marlene Dietrich donned the menswear staple on the silver screen. Fast forward to 1966 and Yves Saint Laurent revived the tuxedo jacket, tailored to the women’s form, in velvet or wool. Helmut Newton later immortalized the jacket in an iconic cover he shot for Vogue Paris in 1975. The history lesson ends there, however and le smoking opens a new chapter with the Saint Laurent Le Smoking campaign featuring Abbey Lee that went live this week. Photographed by Hedi Slimane, the campaign captures in signature black & white the essence of the classic single-breasted tuxedo jacket. Abbey Lee, it must be said, epitomizes everything about le smoking that has made it all at once alluring, scandalous, and undeniably elegant.
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Credits include: Client, Saint Laurent; Campaign, Le Smoking; Designer, Hedi Slimane; Photography, Hedi Slimane.