In less than half a decade, Hedi Slimane changed the location, name and aesthetic of Saint Laurent, stamping it with a rocker-cool LA edge that was all his. Celebrated and reviled by critics in nearly equal measure, Slimane also brought economic success to the storied French brand. Here, a retrospective of his best runway moments for his Saint Laurent, as news of his departure spreads.
Slimane skipped the whole Paris scene for Pre-Fall 2016, showing his collection in LA before New York Fashion Week, thus allowing for a slew of buzzy front-row possibilities including Justin Bieber and Courtney Love. This collection felt most 1970s Yves Saint Laurent, with wide-waist belts, Victoriana elements, flowing midi dresses and velvet details—all ultra-luxe and perfectly tailored.
And for what we’ve come to know as his Saint Laurent swan song, Slimane put on his very own couture show in Paris for Fall 2016, complete with chairs with engraved plaques for each guest and a full-on Reagan-era ’80s homage. There were dramatic sleeves, ultra-minis, ultra-plunging dresses, fur coats that enter the room before the girl does and overt, unapologetic glam like we haven’t seen in years. Even if you didn’t like it, it’s impossible to say it wasn’t impactful—which may be a statement that encompasses Slimane’s full tenure at Saint Laurent (skip the Yves).
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US