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Yves Saint Laurent

Founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé in 1961, one of the best known French luxury fashion houses quickly became known for its modern and iconic pieces, such as its tuxedo jackets for women. YSL was bought by Gucci in 1999 and Tom Ford was asked to design the ready-to-wear collection while Saint Laurent continued to design the haute couture collection, though the latter closed in 2002. The prêt-à-porter line was produced under the direction of Stefano Pilati after Tom Ford left in 2004. His style was decidedly more French than the overtly sexy image that Tom Ford perpetuated. In 2012 Hedi Slimane replaced Stefano Pilati as the creative director. There was much controversy following his appointment, particularly after it was announced the ready-to-wear line would be rebranded as Saint Laurent. In 2016, Hedi Slimane was replaced by Anthony Vaccarello.