YSL stores worldwide will shut their doors as a mark of respect to the sad passing of one of fashion's true legends, Mr Yves Saint Laurent.

London's Bond Street and Sloane Street stores will be closed between 2.30pm and 4.30pm - the duration of the funeral ceremony, which is taking place in Paris tomorrow. YSL boutiques the world over will follow suit, in tribute to Saint Laurent, who died on Sunday following a brain cancer diagnosis in April last year.

Many high-profile personalities are expected to attend the funeral, such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as a huge designer contingent including Valentino, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Hubert de Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix. French actress Catherine Deneuve, a good friend of Saint Laurent, is certain to be there and models Laetitia Casta and Claudia Schiffer likewise.

A spokesman for the Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent Foundation told WWD the service will include "a Mass with a choir and liturgical and classical music". His ashes will be scattered at his Majorelle Garden in Marrakech.

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