The fashion world has recently gone in the thick of rumors circulating around some reconstruction to happen in the French luxury fashion house Saint Lauren. The statement “The 3-year creative director of the brand, Hedi Slimane is parting ways with the brand” could be seen at very high frequency at the beginning of the 2016 year, which was soon enough to be denied by the brand’s spokesperson: “Following the recent departures there has been many rumors and this is another false speculation.”
However, the rumors resurrected yesterday morning and even kicked it with higher gear when WWD released a report that Hedi Slimane had failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of his initial contract with Kering, the French luxury goods holding company, which is the owner of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Gucci, Puma, Volcom and Saint Laurent Paris. But the hearsay does not end in here and carries on with the news that some discussions are being held with the French-Belgian designer, Anthony Vaccarello to replace Hedi Slimane at his position at Saint Laurent, who has been appointed by Donatella Versace as the creative director of the recently restarted Versus brand last September.
This time around the brand’s spokesperson hasn’t come up with any denial but just stated: “We don’t comment on rumors”, while from Hedi Slimane or Anthony Vaccarello no comments have come to hand yet.
Even if the rumors are to be confirmed later on, the upcoming fall 2016 fashion shows are still bound to make their way under Slimane’s tutelage. On Tuesday the brand spread the word via Twitter that Slimane would render his menswear collection and Part 1 of his womenswear collection on February 10 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium, the legendary dance venue instead of January 24 as it had been announced first, while Part 2 of the womenswear will be performed on March 7 at Paris Fashion Week.
“Saint Laurent at the Palladium” event is said to be Slimane’s tribute to the Los-Angeles music scene. It’s worth mentioning that the designer has been living in Los Angeles since 2008 and the fall/winter 2016 collection will be partially devoted to Los Angeles and its music scene. Moreover, February 10 will also be prominent for Slimane as the 10th anniversary of his photo blog “Hedi Slimane’s Diary”.
Hedi Slimane commenced his fashion designer carrier in 1996 at Yves Saint Laurent as the ready-to-wear director of men’s collection, however ironical it may sound. After bringing forth his so popular “skinny” style, which inspired Karl Lagerfeld so much that he lost 40kg, Slimane left the brand to accept the position of the creative director for menswear at Christian Dior, which is maybe the reason of rumors circulating that Slimane is to take the vacant position of the creative director at Dior after Raf Simons left it in October last year.
With Slimane’s coming back at the helm of Yves Saint Laurent in March 2012, not only was the brands aesthetics to go under changes but also its name rebranded as Saint Laurent and the location of the design studio, which was moved to Los Angeles, California, while also becoming the most profitable brand in Kering’s conglomerate.
Whether these are only rumors or “No smoke without fire” principle comes to function here, one thing is certain. The opinions on Slimane’s aesthetics is rather ambiguous; with considerable amount of fans supporting him, nigh the same amount of critics are against him deeming his staples to be way too much vintage-inspired and more prone to fast-fashion than luxury category.
Photo courtesy of Vogue