After over a year of widespread speculation that former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane would transition into a role at Chanel, the brand has spoken out. In a statement from Chanel, issued exclusively to WWD, the Paris-based brand put any lingering questions to bed, stating that it is not plotting a move into menswear with Hedi Slimane.
“The house of Chanel has no projects with Hedi Slimane,” the company told WWD, adding, “Chanel doesn’t work on the launch of a Chanel men’s wear collection.”
In addition to rumors that Slimane might be headed to Chanel after leaving YSL in April 2016, there was also talk that he would launch his own label. Reports suggested that shortly after his departure from YSL, Slimane began taking meetings with investors in order to garner funding for an eponymous label. WWD reported that in April 2016 Slimane was spotted at the Doha, Qatar, offices of Mayhoola for Investments, a fund that controls Valentino and Balmain.
Those reports were shot down when Slimane's counsel issued a statement saying Slimane "has never had in the past, let alone now, the intention or desire to launch a brand under his name."
Though he has not discounted a potential return to fashion, at the moment, Slimane is currently focusing on photography, not unlike what he did between his tenures at Dior Homme and YSL. V Magazine recently published the second version of "Hedi Slimane New York Diary," after the magazine serves as home to his "Rock Diary" series of photos from 2004 to 2007.