Photos c/o: Le Smoking, Bianca Jagger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janelle Monáe
No offense to your favorite LDB, but there are more ways than minimized hemlines to do sexy after dark. Case in point: A perfectly tailored tuxedo for the ladies has been making waves since the days when screen legends like Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo chose structure over frills and donned headline-making pants. The movement continued in 1966 when the late, great Yves Saint Laurent crafted his signature Le Smoking (immortalized by Helmut Newton’s famed editorials for French Vogue), a look pioneered by fashion icon Bianca Jagger, who suited up in a YSL jacket for her wedding to Mick. Fresh red carpet renditions of the distinctive ensemble run the gamut from Gwyneth Paltrow in velvet Gucci at the 1996 VMAs to soul songstress Janelle Monáe, well, pretty much anytime she steps out for a photo op. Feeling inspired to buck tradition for your next special occasion? Check out The Luxe Tux & Evening Essentials sale for razor-sharp blazers, pants, and glamorous finishing touches.