Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71

This isn't exactly beauty news, but fashion has forever played a pivotal role within the beauty industry and Laurent's licensing and use of the Dior and YSL brands for myriad beauty ranges and initiatives has been monumentally influential. That YSL Touche Eclat is a household name among women across the globe is illustrative of his far-flung influence.

From his first collection for Dior (at the green age of 21) half century ago through, no doubt, years to come, the name of the late Laurent will steer the direction fashion and, to a lesser extent, beauty will take. Whether we know it or not, Yves Saint Laurent has probably played no small role in what most of us wear and how we look, whether high street or couture.

Cause of death has not yet been released.