O-to-the-M-to-the-G! Marilyn Manson – he of rock music fame with a love for such varied things as creepy contact lenses and watercolour painting (really, yes) – is the latest muse for fashion’s most talked about designer du jour, Mr Hedi Slimane. How do we know this? Because stylist Nicola Formichetti tweeted a shot of Marilyn – aka Brian Hugh Warner – as the latest campaign star for Saint Laurent’s Pre Fall collection.
Marilyn Manson's signature style has earned him a coveted spot as a Saint Laurent campaign star
MM may be a style original – no one else does full-face makeup and black-on-black quite like him – but the 44 year old multi-talented singer-songwriter/poet/director/actor/writer is not the first musician to join the Saint Laurent ranks since Slimane was appointed creative director last year. Girls’ ex-frontman Christopher Owen and Beck have both stepped up to the ultra-cool bar.
The designer’s top notch taste in music has most definitely filtered into every black and white ad shot: whether we're talking about genuine musos in front of Slimane’s lens (remember, as a proficient photographer, he also shoots these Saint Laurent subjects) or Dutch female model Saskia de Brauw getting androgynous for the S/S’12 menswear campaign, each snap is visually bursting with rock star swagger.
Sky Ferreira in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2013 lookbook
Marilyn is wearing a Saint Laurent L01 biker jacket from menswear (total classic), but we need to start thinking about who and what the womenswear campaign for Pre-Fall will feature. The collection works as a strong precursor to the luxurious grunge-fest Hedi has offered for Autumn Winter 2013, and the Pre lookbook shows American singer/model/front-row face Sky Ferreira working a series of leather jackets, peekaboo lace blouses, a duffle coat we think Alexa Chung would really love and an array of seriously sexy LBDs
In a similar format to Hedi’s previous campaigns, Mr Manson will count as just one of the subjects photographed for this particular creative project. So as soon as we have more pics and more info, you’ll be first to know.