yslhospital.jpgUPDATE: Yves Saint Laurent was released from hospital on Friday following respiratory problems. "Mr. Saint Laurent is doing better. He arrived home this morning" said a spokesman for the designer. [source]

Yves Saint Laurent has been admitted to an American hospital after suffering acute respiratory difficulties. WWD reports that doctors for the 70-year-old couturier were yet to diagnose the problem. Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent's partner, claims he is "not doing well" and is experiencing difficulty walking.

The fashion legend retired from the industry in 2002 and since then has chosen a quiet life after years of poor health. Saint Laurent began his own fashion house in 1962 following his role as head designer for Christian Dior. It was during this time that he created arguably his most iconic piece the YSL Le Smoking suit.

However, years of suffering from depression, drug abuse and other neuroses heavily impacted on the French designer's life and ultimately forced the closure of the YSL couture house. He is expected to be released from hospital in the next few days to carry out his recuperation in Morroco. [source]

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