He dressed women in triangular trapeze shapes in the 1950s. In the 1960s he clothed women in blazers, pin-striped trouser suits and smoking jackets, and took risks by turning the workaday parka, the trench coat and the pea coat into haute couture. In the 1970s he dreamed up ethnic prints and put shoulder-padding back into jackets.

He always did it first and he always did it with panache.

So

Sending off Yves St. Laurent to the great runway in the sky. The French fashion great, dead at 71.