Hedi Slimane

Hedi Slimane

To promote his grunge second collection for fall 2013 – plaid shirts, baby-doll dresses, men’s overcoats, fishnets, and slouchy sweaters – he launched the Saint Laurent music project, which featured his black-and-white photos of musicians with vintage allure, such as Kim Gordon, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love.

Courtney Love couldn’t resist him. “When Hedi’s collection came out, I was blown away. I was so happy,” she says. “They were such rock clothes. Everything seemed like it was mine.”

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Hedi Slimane

His first Saint Laurent women’s collection (his first expressly designed for women) for Spring 2013 reached back to late-sixties, early-seventies L.A., with broad-brimmed Janis Joplin-style hats, fringed suede, billowing chiffon sleeves, cropped jacked, and skinny black trousers.

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It was at Dior that Slimane found his signature. He earned a reputation designing stage wear for such pioneers of stylish androgyny as Mick Jagger and Daft Punk. “That’s one of the reasons Dior Homme was so popular,Courtney Love says. “First the power lesbians were wearing it. Then chicks like me started collecting it really fiendishly, almost like Prada cigarette pants.

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Courtney Love photographed by Hedi Slimane – 2008

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Remember the faux hawk? That distinctive pyramid of hair, madly popular in the 2000s and still proudly worn by untold numbers of British men, is attributed to Slimane as well.

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Hedi Slimane has been called the single most influential men’s designer this century.

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You know the cover of Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, framing the singer in an angular blonde bob – perhaps the most recognisable album art of the decade? Slimane took the photograph and designed the cover.

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Hedi Slimane has been called the single most influential men’s designer this century.

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Desire for Logos | News

Recognisable status pieces are back, and with them a desire for logos. We no longer wish for rebellious individualism, instead preferring to show off our inclusion in fashion communities.

Across the spring/summer ’14 catwalks, the logo was abundant. Marc Jacobs’s startlingly beautiful swan song at Louis Vuitton had Edie Campbell naked but for hand-painted Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse graffiti covering her lithe body. Similarly for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo, Missoni, Alexander Wang, and DKNY.

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Logos offer free marketing and add value to products. You may not be able to afford the $4,000 Saint Laurent biker jacket, but you can have Hedi Slimane’s $200 Saint Laurent T-shirt which has been redesigned by the artist Zane Reynolds for spring.

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He has been called “the single most influential men’s designer this century.” Recall the skinny suit, which seemed to define the trajectory of men’s – and women’s – silhouettes in the new millennium? It was, by most accounts, Hedi Slimane’s invention.

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Fashion | Fashion Trends

The new up-all-night uniform is paired down to a black bra and high-waist pants that are as chic on the street as they are on the dance floor.

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Bra, pants and shoes Dolce and Gabbana, handbag Lanvin, belt Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimaneearrings and bracelets Dsquared2.