Hedi Slimane may be the subject of many a fashion rumour at the moment – has he had the call from Dior? Will he go to Givenchy if Riccardo Tisci takes Galliano’s place? Is he being courted by Gucci Group to take over from Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent? So many questions, so little time! The lovely French menswear-specialist-turned-photographer though is hardly overflowing with excitement about re-joining the ranks of designers.
He recently said that; ‘It seems quite refreshing to be on this side of fashion, to have the distance and freedom.’
After his absolutely phenomenal success as menswear designer for YSL, then Dior Homme (the label so desirable, yet so slim-fitting that Karl Lagerfeld decided to shed half his body weight to get into the stuff) the designer went the way of Helmut Lang, putting down his pins and picking up a camera instead.
He points out a few teeny reservations he has about the world of fashion saying, ‘the unfortunate outcome [of fashion adopting to the world of the internet] might be the obsession and collusion between the celebrity culture and high fashion. It is just a big global mess of random endorsement. Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design.’
Ooooh! *waves handbag flamboyantly*. Judging by the fact that any womenswear designer at any big brand is hugely dependent on the endorsement of celebs strutting their pieces down the red carpet, it MIGHT be better for everyone if Hedi does stick to photography for the time being. (?)
Having said that, we've come to realise that he might just be KARL LAGERFELD'S natural heir, rather than Galliano's, what with his penchant for self-evidently provocative statements!
- Naomi Attwood