Hedi Slimane does not need an introduction. He rose to fame during his tenure as the creative director for Dior Homme in the mid-2000’s. According to some, he invented the skinny suit. And maybe most notoriously, he is back at Yves Saint Laurent over a decade later, having changed the name, moving the design studio to Los Angeles and showing revamped rocker looks each season. Here are some of his thoughts on celebrities, fame, leaving YSL (the first time), and more …
On celebrities: The fashion system has been busy keeping up with blogging/social networking. It is not always for the best, but it did give fashion a global audience. The unfortunate outcome 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.
On fame: I don't care about being recognized. Fashion designers think they are famous. In fact, they are not, not even Calvin Klein. There's only one famous fashion designer and that's Karl.
On menswear: I'm more interested in magnetism than flesh. I'm not into the traditional idea that a man has to be manly.
On leaving YSL (before going to Dior Homme): I was really sad because I loved very much to be around the original house. They were really wonderful people. Difficult, but so amazing, so true. But it was my choice to leave. I could have stayed, but I felt the new house would just become a branding opportunity. I didn't know exactly what was going to happen. They (Gucci Group) were trying to tell me, but I couldn't feel for what they had in mind. As a result, I thought 'Let's get out of here.'
On Margiela: I was an intern at Martin Margiela when I was a kid, at almost the beginning of the house. And for me he was the original one. For me, he invented integrity.