Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent was the first couture house to introduce the concept of luxury ready-to-wear with the label’s 1966 ‘Saint Laurent Rive Gauche’ womenswear collection. The French house’s debut prét-a-porter line set a standard of youth and freedom that represented a critical first step in the modernization of fashion and irrevocably transformed the socio-cultural landscape. Throughout the years, the house’s pioneering styles, such as the iconic ‘le smoking’ jacket, have become de facto cultural touchstones, with couturier Yves Saint Laurent securing a definitive reputation as one of the twentieth century’s preeminent designers. The label’s contemporary iteration, Saint Laurent, now under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello since April 2016, upholds its founder’s legacy of absolute modernity and fashion authority. Opyum heels, Anja pumps, and Sac du Jour tote, are elevated to an unprecedented standard of luxury.