Hedi Slimane coming back to YSL as creative director of men&women collections is the burning topic of the fashion world. He will replace the outgoing Stefano Pilati.
Hedi Slimane was discovered at the beginning of the nineties by Pierre Bergé, the partner of Yves Saint Laurent, who said "To put your stamp on the name of Yves Saint Laurent requires someone who has talent, conviction, rigor, a demanding nature and a great sense of color." Slimane started his mission as creative director of the maison YSL in 1996.
Four years later, in the year 2000, he left Yves Saint Laurent for Dior Homme and his talent really exploded. This is the time when he created his signature silhouette and truly revolutionized men's fashion with his androgynous skinny suits.
Robert E. Bryan, men's fashion director of the New York Times, said at that time that ''With his punk-glam collection for Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane raises modern men's wear to the level of French couture.''
Rumours even say that Karl Lagerfeld lost weight just to be able to fit in one of Hedi Slimane's Dior suits!
Expectations are now very high for the cult designer who decided five years ago to leave the fashion world and successfully focused on photography - his first passion.
Everyone's waiting for the "resort" collection Slimane will present in June to discover the new vision of the fashion world's darling.
HEDI SLIMANE | PHOTOGRAPHY | SAN FRANCISCO / VOGUE HOMME JAPAN / AUGUST 2011 | www.hedislimane.com
Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane | FW 2001-2002 | Photography Richard Avedon