The fashion world was stunned once Hedi Slimane revealed to officially change Parisian fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris. I was quite upset which I have written a blog post about it. Now the fashion designer has given his thoughts in regards to the outrageous responses:
“It is interesting to see how much reaction this retro branding has created … Clearly, this period of the history of the house was not well-known, which I trust was a surprise for Pierre Bergé [Saint Laurent's long-term partner]. I went back to 1966 — just before the events of 1968 [when 11 million workers revolted against the conservative politics of then-President Charles de Gaulle — the biggest general strike in history], but the awakening of youth was in the air, and Yves Saint Laurent wanted to dissociate himself from the clientele of haute couture and embrace this new generation.”
After reading this statement, I decided to have an instant change of heart. There should no doubt if Pierre Berge’ gave it an”OK”. With Stefano Pilati no longer apart of the brand, it is time to fresher approach. Since we are in this “re-vamp” era, perhaps this is an exception. Anything Hedi Slimane touches becomes undeniable.
There has been a huge confirmation which has occurred in the fashion industry. The result has delivered some raised eye brows to us fashion enthusiasts. Hedi Slimane, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, has declared to change the label’s name to “Saint Laurent Paris“. The rage in my veins began as my blood boiled with such unfathomable anger to such drastic change. I can not explain this feeling; It’s almost like having Bush back into office.
Some people may think it’s just a simple name change, but you are absolutely wrong! You don’t change the name of something or someone who helped change the game for many people! Fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, was a true revolutionary artist. Behind those iconic “YSL” t-shirts and trendsetting collections lies incomparable moments in time. For example, He was the first designer who decided to have blacks walk in his runway shows. He threatened to pull his advertisements from French Vogue magazine if Naomi Campbell was not able to become the first black supermodel on its cover. Those were risks the french designer took to benefit others to get a change. This is a change which is needed.
Although my examples appear to be semi-bias because I happen to be a Black man, but that is not the case. Opening the door for individuals to be recognized is what the “Yves Saint Laurent” brand means. I am all about giving people a chance to shine when the world opposes it. Black, White, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, etc. I doesn’t matter because we all have something to offer in the world. I truly admire/respect Hedi Slimane’s position and accomplishments in the fashion. Changing the name is like someone remaking the Thriller album, its just something you do NOT change! I call Yves Saint Laurent the Abe Lincoln of Fashion.
There has been a display of tag pertaining to creative positions in the fashion world. Designers are being resigned leaving from one fashion house to another. Last week we have learned Belgian Designer Raf Simons has left Jil Sander being speculated to design for Dior while Jil Sander’s own will be returning to her named brand (recently finished the final collaboration collection with Uniqlo).
According to WWD (Womens Wear Daily), Stefano Pilati will be resigning from Yves St Laurent after presenting his final collection next month. The rumored replacement has been told will be Hedi Slimane. however, there is some form of shock to actually see good ole Stefano no longer being at the Parisian fashion house. Its almost like hearing Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin or Phoebe Philo leaving Celine. This is fashion madness!! This speculation will be lead all of fashionistas on the edge of our seats for whose going where.
In my opinion, I would love to see Raf Simons being placed at YSL. Due to his success with Jil Sander, there is nothing he can do wrong anywhere! Clearly he would give a fresh take on the label. Of course there is not a doubt in my mind for Slimane to do the same. Being from a 7 year hiatus from fashion to focus more on photography, the expectations will be significantly increase!
The main concern is the chemistry from their former design team. Naturally we all know about the designers; however, we have no clue about the individuals who contributed towards the collections! There is no way only one person could make an entire collection in that particular by themselves in such timely manner. A connection as such does not happen overnight. Designers being tossed left to right like rag dogs has to be stressful as well for their design team while we on the outside view it as if it’s, “The young and the Restless”. We shall see what else gonna said in 2012.
Featuring in the February issue of Vogue Japan, its shown that Karlie Kloss is continuing to keep it pushing on very print work. Hedi Slimane is the photographer of the shoot (also known for his extraordinary work as a fashion designer at Dior Homme, etc.). One thing about his shots is they display so much emotion. Naturally, all print work should captivate some aspect of energy; however, Hedi and Karlie working together truly make incredible works of art.
As of right now, there is a rumor (a source) Hedi Slimane will be working for the Parisian fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent. Being a fan of both, this is clearly beyond a win-win situation!
Slimane is widely know for his innovation regards to fashion (working 7 years with Dior and 3 years prior with YSL) and a dope ass photographer. This man is the jack of all trades. What he may bring to the table to this fashion house will display a case of unfathomable gratitude for all fashionistas; therefore, I will be impatiently waiting on the campaign ads once they launch!
So what is going to happen to Stefano Pilati? There is some speculation he will be going to be at Giorgio Armani. Now mind you this is a RUMOR so I am not totally sure. However this will be great if this comes into fruition. Come to think of it, I can be more than assure Lanvin will seek to extend Alber Elbaz‘s contract.
Also a fellow former employee for Yves Saint Laurent, His asset to Lanvin is equivalent to Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton or Tom Ford was at Gucci. Once again this is only a rumor at the moment!