Saint Laurent's creative director, Hedi Slimane, is a man of few words - aside from that time he posted a rather strongly-worded open letter to New York Times's critic, Cathy Horyn. Interestingly, he shed some light on a few things recently, including his YSL womenswear debut (he says he supplies the Saint Laurent woman with a "wardrobe that is codified to the extreme, almost ritualistic"); his influences or lack thereof ("I don’t really think that way. Unless it’s something really striking, I usually integrate and move on. It’s always hard to mention any one film or band. I find that sort of thinking restrictive."); and his stance when it comes to fast fashion collaborations.
For the uninitiated: Slimane rose to fame during his tenure as creative director for Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007, where he was known for popularizing (or pioneering, depending on who you ask), the skinny suit - a silhouette we see a lot of on the runway today and not just in Slimane's shows.
When asked if he would ever do a mass-market collaboration with say, H&M, his answer was as follows: "No, never. I don’t like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion."