54 posts tagged "Hedi Slimane"
Who doesn’t have a lower-priced, secondary collection of T-shirts at this point? It turns out Vena Cava (pictured) didn’t, and now they do: Viva Vena, a line of organic cotton and jersey tees and tanks produced in L.A. All will retail under $200. The wheel remains unreinvented, but we ain’t complaining. [WWD]
Speaking of wheels un-reinvented, Hedi Slimane shot a moody portfolio of dark-eyed Euro youths for the upcoming issue of VMan. This time: Danes. VMan.com presents a little preview, and again, no complaints. [VMan]
OK, this one is reinvented: Jeff Koons is the latest artist to take on the BMW Art Car challenge, designing his own muscle car, and judging from his psychedelic initial sketches, it should be one to see. [ArtInfo.com]
Jean Paul Gaultier is set to be honored at the 11th annual French Film Festival in Athens next, where he’ll screen some of his favorite flicks. Those include Jacques Becker’s Falbalas, Franco Zeffirelli’s Callas Forever, and an episode of Loïc Prigent’s The Day Before fashion documentary, starring, of all people, Jean Paul Gaultier. [WWD]
And fashion big shots like Love‘s Katie Grand and Ford Models’ Paul Rowland say they’d love to cast androgynous Baylor University basketball player Brittney Griner. And, yes, this may be the first time we’ve ever seen “Love‘s Katie Grand” and “Baylor University basketball player” in the same sentence. [NYMag]
As we enter a new decade, the fashion business, like the rest of the world, is encountering significant economic and technological change. In this new series, Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen, talks to a number of leading industry figures about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
When I approached Hedi Slimane about doing this interview, his first in almost three years, he agreed on the condition that he could answer my questions by e-mail. Well, why not? This series is about the future of fashion, and—who knows?—perhaps this type of electronic exchange is the future of journalism. Besides, I thought that Slimane might bring a unique perspective to the subject at hand. He has been both an insider (as, among other things, the highly influential designer of Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007) and an outsider (since stepping away from Dior, he has pursued a more nomadic existence, focusing chiefly on his photographs for magazines and his Web site, www.hedislimane.com). Here, he discusses today’s “costly and overwhelming fashion avalanche,” whether or not he plans to return to design, and the enduring relevance of Pete Doherty. If this interview reads less like a conversation than a kind of manifesto for the future, I don’t think it’s any less interesting for that. Ultimately, though, it’s up to the reader to decide how well this format works.
How do you think technology—tweeting, blogging, social media, etc.—has affected fashion? For better or worse?
It has affected different aspects of fashion tremendously. From commentary to fashion design, communication, and distribution.
The fashion Internet community is like a global digital agora tweeting passions and opinions. Anyone knows better, and each one is a self-made critic.
This is a fascinating idea, as I always favored amateurism (“the one that loves”) over professionalism, attraction over experience. It obliges anyone in the industry to think in a fresher way.
Of course, it is hard to say if any “authority,” someone like Suzy Menkes, might one day come out and use digital means to lead with integrity, enough background, outside of any conflict of interest.
On a design perspective, it has allowed any young designer or indie brand to get an instant audience, if used with wit and invention.
I am not quite sure of the future of retail as we know it. This is a truly important thing, maybe the most important one, as it might already mean there is nothing standing between the design and an audience/consumer.
Finally, the better and the worse have always been part of fashion, with the Internet only magnifying it and creating a joyful and noisy digital chaos.
The bottom line is that any note can create music. It is only a matter of taste.
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The hat beat is a tricky one: It seems that no sooner has everyone seemed to agree on a particular shape or style, then it’s on to the next. A season or two back, every boy at the Beatrice had found his way to a porkpie of sorts, a sixties-slick moment fatted, it felt, on Mad Men mania. Then, all of a sudden, they were gone. Giant, slouchy knit caps—snoods, if you will—replaced them, winter, spring, and fall. And now? We notice that two ahead-of-the-curve gentlemen, Hedi Slimane and André Saraiva, were out and about in the last week in similar floppy fedoras. Slimane saw things in black and white at Larry Gagosian’s opening for Andreas Gursky; André rocked a dandyish lilac version at Maison Darré . (Not to belabor the point, he lost it for the Purple party.) That’s two, and three, as they say, makes the trend. Any takers?
George Barnett’s first modelling job was Hedi Slimane’s last show for Dior Homme in 2007. Since then, his wraith-pale, angular features have made him one of the most recognisable faces in men’s fashion. He’s got the saintly sinner look that appeals to designers like Alber Elbaz and Miuccia Prada. But modeling is moonlighting for him. His heart belongs to These New Puritans, the band he formed with his twin brother Jack, bassist Thomas Hein and keyboard player Sophie Sleigh-Johnson. Though Jack does the writing and singing, it’s George’s drumming that anchors the band’s new album Hidden. It manages to sound complex (George says his hero is that crown prince of the paradiddle, Bill Bruford, once drummer for Yes and King Crimson), tribal and even a little medieval, all at the same time, which is actually a pretty reasonable description for the odd but alluring art rock of the Puritans. Give “Three Thousand,” “Attack Music,” or “Drum Courts – Where Corals Lie” a whirl while you think about George Barnett, living proof that it’s handy to have Something Else to fall back on.
A late Christmas card from ex-Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane and VMan.com: The designer’s new short film, Oscar Improvisation 1, is now streaming on www.hedislimane.com. The Oscar in question is 16-year-old Royal Danish Ballet Theatre soloist Oscar Nilsson, who dances along to the drumming of Mathias Sarsgaard of the Danish band Supershine. We’re pretty sure the mid-video snowstorm that Nilsson pliés through is a yuletide touch, but green-minded fashion types can puzzle over any hidden climatological suggestions—this is coming out of Copenhagen, after all.