Hedi Slimane

Posted: March 30, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style, VAULT -- archives
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Hedi Slimane is one of the most respected and honored designers of the 21st century. He single-handedly changed male standards of beauty and dress. Slimane was head designer at Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007 where he brought in the new aesthetic of slim, perfectly tailored suits and skinny ties.

Before Slimane, the male model was buff and muscular. By definition, models were expected to be good looking, but the term got redefinined in the last few decades. Pretty boys no longer get all the attention; instead, skinny, pale and often androgynous looking men have become the new preferred look. Also, to fit into the new Dior Homme aesthetic, men had to be skinny instead of buff.

This new trend of skinny and extra slim guys brought forth new issues like manorexia. However unfortunate some of the consequences for those not blessed with a naturally slim figure, Slimane’s man became the new sexy.

Menswear is one of the most stagnant arenas in fashion; to effect a true change in the general way men dress is a seismic achievement. And he did just that.

The skinny jean trend, the skinny ties, the unfussy but composed appearance that many guys adapted all come from Hedi’s work at Dior. For that, he is unconditionally respected and venerated. In 2007, at the peak of his design career, he walked away from Dior Homme. Now, in 2011, people still await his return to design. He is that good.

Like Tom Ford, Slimane is one of those creatives who happens to be good at everything he does. When he stepped down from fashion, he became a photographer. His work has been featured in countless magazines, and his exhibitions have garnered great praise. Recently, there seems to be a turnaround in his attitude. Rumors have been flying about his possible return to fashion in the near future, and the excitement is staggering. Now, we just sit and wait to see where he will go.

Fact: Karl Lagerfeld has admitted that when Hedi started designing at Dior Homme, he was so taken with the clothes and his style, that it inspired him to change his lifestyle entirely and lose 93 pounds. Hell, how many designers can say that they inspired Karl Lagerfeld to change his life? Well, not many.

-Nadjma Sako

  1. johnny says:

    do you know where can i buy this suit online??

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