Saint Laurent’s creative director, Hedi Slimane – who 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 – 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 Yves Saint Laurent 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.
When asked if he plans to return to fashion, he says: “Yes, of course I am [planning a return], but I’m really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind. I know what it takes to make a brand strong in the long term in a global economy. Besides design and communication, I need to make sure I have the right tools to make a new design project successful in the long run.”
As for whether he would ever get on board with a mass-market and put his name on collaboration with say, H&M, as so many of his peers have taken to doing in recent years, his answer: “No, never.”
He explained, “I could do my own jeans line, for instance, because I have legitimacy in launching the skinny jeans in fashion, and jeans for me feel like a real noble item in fashion, a social territory almost. On the other hand, 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. That’s what I’ve always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.”