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Hedi Slimane Speaks: The Dior Designer Turned Photographer On “One Of The Most Personal And Intimate Projects I Have Done In Ten Years”-------
Man About Town, Philip Utz’s biannual men’s mag, may be Paris-based, but its next issue takes Los Angeles for its theme. And who better to steward its westward course than Parisien-turned-Angeleno Hedi Slimane? The former Dior Homme designer has spent the last several years shooting disaffected youth in L.A. Even sunny California couldn’t brighten up Slimane’s trademark moody images, shot mostly in black and white. “This issue is all about the creative or artistic community in Los Angeles, not the well-known Hollywood side, but rather the subcultures, something like a tribute to ‘indie California,’ ” Slimane told Style.com. “Brian Wilson had therefore to be on this cover, a mythical Californian figure still inspiring the punk rock scene today with vibrant bands such as Wavves or Best Coast. This issue is mostly about portraiture, from iconic artists or writers (John Baldessari, Kenneth Anger, Chris Burden, Larry Bell, Gore Vidal) to California youth.” The former Beach Boy is Slimane’s cover subject, shot in all his well-creased glory. “Brian Wilson is legendary for me,” Slimane explained. “He still embodies the ‘sound of California,’ and proved to be one of the most gifted and important musicians of the twentieth century.” The whole issue, the photographer continued, is very close to his heart. “The L.A. portfolio might be somehow one of the most personal and intimate projects I have done in ten years. The magazine is almost a complement to Anthology of a Decade [a book of his photos from 2000-2010], coming out this month.” Above and below, a few exclusive spreads from the forthcoming Slimane-filled issue of Man About Town.
In recent years—with only a few notable exceptions—former Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane has preferred to be seen (through his photographs, for magazines and on his frequently updated online Diary) than heard. But for the April of Menswear, published by Women’s Wear Daily, Slimane sat down with the magazine’s Miles Socha for a Q&A. The full interview—in advance of the publication of Anthology of a Decade, a four-volume edition of the designer-turned-lensman’s photographs, including the one above—arrives on newsstands and online on Monday. Below, an exclusive preview.
Has being a photographer given you a more objective view of the fashion industry?
Hedi Slimane: It seems quite refreshing to be on this side of fashion, to have the distance and freedom. The fashion system has been busy keeping up with broadband and blogging/social networking. It is not always for the best, but it did give fashion a global audience. The unfortunate outcome might be the obsession and collusion between the celebrity culture and high fashion. It is just a big global mess of random endorsement. Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design.
Any predictions about the next big look?
I would need to be back in an atelier to answer you…But we should drop for good this predictable story each season about a lean and youthful male figure versus conventional men’s wear and male proportions. There is obviously room for everything…Besides, an athletic man, or whatever you want to call him, will only look good in a very classic suit, a pair of classic jeans, athletic clothes, or simply naked. Forget fashion. This is not going to happen, unless you want to look like a Chippendales dancer in designer clothes…And by “fashion,” I mean men’s fashion at the same level as women’s. This is what I always pursued during my design years, defending the idea of men’s fashion rather than men’s wear.
No sooner has one gorgeous child been born—that’d be the new baby son of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom—than another’s on the way. David Beckham took to Facebook this weekend to announce that he and Victoria are expecting their fourth child. [Vogue U.K.]
Words we thought we’d never have occasion to write: Hedi Slimane photographs Robert De Niro and produces some of the best portraits of the actor we’ve seen in years. [Hedi Slimane]
What’s next for the man who created Boom Boom? According to rumors, André Balazs has got his eye on a very storied New York property: the Chelsea Hotel, onetime home to Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. [@PeterDavisNYC]
2011: year of the flat? [WWD]
Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a day after Carine Roitfeld announced she’s stepping down from her post at Paris Vogue, London’s Telegraph has rounded up a few candidates who might replace her. Their picks range from the likely (Roitfeld’s second-in-command, Emmanuelle Alt, left) to the less likely (Anna Dello Russo) to the well-actually-that’s-kind-of-inspired (Hedi Slimane). [Telegraph]
Models tend to have good travel tips—they get flown around the world for a living, after all—and Carolyn Murphy’s no exception. The nineties supe chats with the Huffington Post about her favorite global spots, like Bali. [HuffPo]
And speaking of Indonesian hotspots, another one—Jakarta—is playing host to the very first John Hardy store. (The company was founded in Bali.) More stores are planned for Hong Kong, Moscow, and, eventually, the U.S. [WWD]
The rise of twin Jerseyite models Ann (right) and Kirby Kenny continues. Their latest admirer is Hedi Slimane, who shot a series of the sisters together for his updated-when-he-feels-like-it Fashion Diary. They’ve already bedeviled Miuccia Prada (who chose Ann for Prada and Kirby for Miu Miu) and our own model-watcher Romney Leader (who included them in her top 10 models of Fall 2010 list); now Slimane—world domination (or at least a few blue-chip campaigns) is sure to follow.