Fashions fade, style is eternal”. This famous quote by Yves Saint Laurent illustrates what both Anne Hollander and Elizabeth Hawes implied in this week’s readings. Fashion, being ephemeral with its trends and fads, is compared to style, which “doesn’t change every month or every year.” (Hawes, 5)

I think this quote from French designer Yves Saint Laurent was quite appropriate to reflect on, especially because Jeremy Lewis also brought up the designer’s name in his lecture. According to Lewis, “Saint Laurent doesn’t do fashion”; instead, presents variations of the same in every collection (his example was the biker jacket). This relates to the concept of ‘style’, aligned with the “French standards of refined elegance.” (Hollander, 50)

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