January 27, 2011

Icon: Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Palais Mohawk Pumps

He was only 21 when he unveiled his first collection as head designer for Christian Dior in 1958. He knew that Le Smoking - a tuxedo with a nip here, a tuck there, and a lean, body-skimming silhouette - could make a woman look jaw-droppingly sexy. His innovations were all over the map, he introduced trends like the trapeze dress, safari look and thigh-high boots to the fashion world.