Posts Tagged ‘Hedi Slimane’

Since Hedi Slimane left fashion in 2007, every few years there are whispers of his return. For what he brought to the industry, he iconized himself in less than a decade. Subsequently, he took his love for photography and made it his full-time creative outlet.

Slimane is someone who has vision because he laces everything he does with his character. When he started his online photography diary, HEDI SLIMANE DIARY, it became clear that it was still him. There is such ease in his transitions, from fashion to images, everything is seamless.

This week, his first West Coast solo exhibition, ‘California Song’ opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Slimane has often said that California, particularly Los Angeles, has greatly influenced him in his work. In his latest interview with the New York Times, he speaks of his first time in LA and feeling immediately at home. It only makes sense that his first exhibit would be a tribute to Cali: (more…)

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. (more…)