Saint Laurent just received LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — Platinum Certification for its Rodeo Drive women's boutique in Beverly Hills, London's Old Bond Street store and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship in Paris.
The French fashion house has decreased its energy consumption by 57 percent at its Rodeo Drive flagship since reopening in 2014. WWD reported that the declined power utilization is courtesy of solar panels, which were recently installed on the roof of the California building.
LEED is currently managed by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Saint Laurent, this is the first time a luxury brand has awarded the LEED Platinum Certification for multiple free-standing stores.
The brand's creative director, Hedi Slimane, originally designed the stores' environmentally-friendly architectural concept in 2012. The plan is based on low-energy lighting, minimal water consumption and better indoor air quality.
On Tuesday, news broke that Yves Saint Laurent (which is the brand's original name, Slimane discretely dropped the 'Yves') is returning to the couture runway for the first time since 2002.
Founder Yves Saint Laurent himself presented his 200th and final couture show almost 13 years ago. Slimane — who joined the fashion house in 2012 — will be responsible for designing the new haute collection.
Slimane will be working at Saint Laurent's new atelier, which was created inside a 17th-century mansion called Hôtel de Sénecterre. According to British Vogue, the space will house three separate areas: the Salon Couture, where clients will try the pieces; the Atelier Flou, for dressmaking; and the Atelier Tailleur, for tailoring, in order to facilitate the new venture, and boasts a "geometric garden."
It's still unknown if Saint Laurent's upcoming couture collection will or won't show on schedule.