A man who understood a woman. Saint Laurent.

Catherine Deneuve once said of her friend Yves Saint Laurent that he “designs for women who lead double lives.” Indeed, the themes of contrast and duality were pervasive in the late designer’s legendary body of work: Saint Laurent was the first to bring gritty streetwear (leather jackets, for instance) into the somber and magisterial couture salon.

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He appropriated men’s tuxedos and fedoras and put them on women. He glorified proletarian garments (the pea coat and the peasant blouse) in luxurious fabrics. And he debuted African and Asian models on what had been predominantly white runways.

In constantly playing double Dutch with his divergent instincts, he created a new fashion template for the ultra-posh woman with a subversive streak.

This issue is meant to be dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent. A black and white editorial featuring Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Guinevere Van Seenus and Iris Strubegger in a funeral Steven Meisel cover story.

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10 Corso x Always Judging

I had a chance to visit the 10 CORSO showroom last week to preview the Fall2014 collection. Words, or even photos cannot even begin to describe to capture how cool this collection really is. Think, California cool, meets swanky NYC street style. This season the collection consists mainly of modernized classics inspired from menswear.

I mean how many times do you go to your boyfriends closet for an over-sized button down or baggy sweater? From casual knitwear and matching separates, to motorcycle jackets with hounds tooth sleeves, 10 CORSO hit everything on my fall wish list dead on.

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I rarely meet a motorcycle jacket I don’t get along with. Of course, I migrated toward what I can say is “The leather jacket of my dreams”. The jacket I fell in love with is a belted leather + heavy weight wool combo moto jacket. It gets better, the back of the jacket has laser cut leather detail at the shoulders.

Aside from my dream jacket, I also loved the matching diamond print separates. High waisted trouser pants, and a button down blouse with lamb skin leather pocket detail, both in an evergreen diamond print pattern.

Something else that makes 10 CORSO much more unique than most collections is, the designer, Courtney, gives buyers the option of choosing faux leather, (which felt just as soft as the real deal) or real leather for every piece in her collection. It was hard to leave the showroom knowing that none of this will be available in stores until late summer for fall. I can’t wait to own that jacket!

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Check my blog tomorrow to see me wearing some pieces from the 10 CORSO spring/summer collection.