It's not often that an important exhibit skips over New York to San Francisco without so much as a stop on the way back. But alas, the newly modern, (well, three years ago) DeYoung museum will host the only US presentation of a forty-year retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent's work. The exhibition, which opens November 1st, will include 120 accessorized outfits, (including couture), sketches, videos and photographs to show the, "revolutionary nature of his body of work that presents a new definition of femininity". Four themes will divide the exhibit: "Pencil Strokes," in which the chronology of dress making is explored; "The YSL Revolution," in which you should expect an excess of le smoking; "The Palette," in which they'll explore his use of color; and best of all, "Lyrical Sources," in which they'll group his work with that of the artists whose influences were constantly seen on his runways, including Mondrian and Braque. And, if you're not already booking a ticket to San Francisco, you should know that the museum will host a symposium on opening day with a host of speakers including Hamish Bowles. It's almost too good to be true.