Upon closer inspection, it appears that for Saint Laurent’s first full menswear show, Hedi Slimane mined his own archives for inspiration. Namely, his time at Dior Homme from 2004-2006, just before he reached critical mass and became the menswear savant that we think of him as today. During this period, Hedi had already fully aligned himself with the burgeoning UK indie-rock scene and his collections spoke to this fascination – a trait that has become one of Slimane’s hallmarks. The collections were chock-full of skinny jeans, extra long scarves draped loosely around the neck, and expertly cut suits that only rock stars could get away with. It was as if every look was made for the same otherworldly musician that Hedi had dreamt up.
Now we find Hedi Slimane heading back to menswear for the first time since his departure from Dior Homme and it feels a lot like what we’ve seen from him before. But is this really a bad thing? We know from experience that the further Hedi delves into the world he’s created, the better he gets, and there is no reason to suggest that his continued collections for SLP won’t follow that same trend. In the meantime, let’s enjoy one of his most imminently wearable collections to date.
Dior Homme Fall 2005