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Hedi Slimane Cements His New Vision For Saint Laurent

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In the latest issue of magazine, François-Henri Pinault made it clear that his decision to replace with Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent was a deliberate move to take the label in a new direction; and despite the criticism surrounding Slimane’s second collection at the french house, that’s exactly what he’s done.

While his debut felt like a tribute to the label’s founder, this season was all Hedi and tapped into his commitment to the freedom that characterised the 90s grunge era. The collection oozed a new tough, rock ‘n’ roll attitude, which is a far cry from the polished, more traditional style propounded by Pilati. The range featured leather dresses, multi-buckled leather mini skirts, tartan baby doll dresses and biker jackets that had more than a little about them.

Naturally the dramatic change has ruffled a few feathers and while I’m still undecided about the new look, the change might not be a bad thing. hasn’t had many designers who are prepared to break the rules or rock the status quo for a long time, let alone a big fashion house being bold enough to do that, so on that basis alone Slimane should be applauded. And besides, when Yves Saint Laurent introduced his famous Le Smoking in the womenswear space all of those years ago, he was all about departing from the norm and pushing the boundaries and Slimane brings that spirit by the bucket load.

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