The Return Of The King- Slimane takes the reins at YSL
For those of you who have been following Hedi Slimane since his lauded departure from Dior Homme in 2007 you will know that the former creative director has since been keeping extremely busy- having photographed film and music legends and remained a stalwart editorial contributor on the fashion insider circuit.
However, since late March the proverbial rumour drought has been broken with news that Yves Saint Laurent’s current menswear director Stefano Pilati shall be replaced by Slimane. Additionally Slimane will take on the overarching role of Yves Saint Laurent’s creative director, a responsibility that will see him design his first womenswear collection- a major point of excitement amongst fashion insiders who are eager to see Slimane turn his hand to women’s haute couture.
Slimane’s return has been met with widespread positive acclaim, many felt his departure from Dior to be both untimely and highly unnecessary. Though he has continued to thrive from his base of operations in Los Angeles since 2007 (exhibiting multiple times at the Museum of Contemporary Art), Slimane is well known for revolutionizing the Dior silhouette, bringing it forward into the 20th century. The skinny suit, slim tie and monochromatic tailoring (which are now hallmarks of most pretenders-to-the-throne) have become such a part of modern male dress sensibility that it bids reckoning to see what Slimane will do with YSL- a house that till now has had a very strong sense of heritage and largely relied on archival inspiration from their namesake.
This actually being Slimane’s second sojourn at the atelier of Yves Saint Laurent, there are big expectations that this time around Slimane will refine the aesthetic sparsity YSL himself championed for menswear. The big question is: will Slimane reinvent the menswear wheel again?