On April 1st, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) released a statement – Hedi Slimane has exited the fashion house.
Hedi took over the creative director position in 2012 and since then Saint Laurent has become one of hottest brands in the fashion world. From 2012 to 2016, he successfully created a new identity for the brand by adding the rock & roll element to the collections.
March 7, 2016 was the day he ended his YSL era on a high note. The 80’s inspired F/W 2016 collection was a tribute to Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent and every look was memorable.
No one knows when Hedi will return to fashion scene as a creative director, but one thing for sure – we will always remember the collections he has created for Yves Saint Laurent. At Draw A Dot., I have invited 15 illustrators to pay tribute to this glorious era.
This is Part 1.
“In only four years, Hedi Slimane modernized and opened a new chapter of Saint Laurent. He managed to combine his unique style with the sublime heritage of Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, which created a new avant-garde aesthetic. It really was an exciting and creative era!”
“The work of Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent was quite superb. His designs evoked a coolness yet glamorous factor throughout his collections at the brand. The piece I created for this tribute is inspired by the fall 2016 collection which in my opinion was the most iconic. It was full of drama and elegance with a clear 80’s inspiration. In a sense it was the perfect blend of the Yves Saint Laurent and Slimane’s design aesthetic. I am saddened to see him go from Saint Laurent but I look forward to his return to the fashion world.”
“Revolutionized the fashion house, Heidi Slimane re-wrote the history of the brand by making it timeless, young and less rigid. He always respects the idea of “beauty” of the great Yves Saint Laurent.”
“Slimane‘s tenure was iconic. He broke the rules and made clothes people actually love and wanted to wear, especially young people.”
“What I loved most about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent was his shows, looking almost like a rock grunge concert – edgy, dramatic and rebellious. Slimane’s primary inspiration is clearly the music scene. He gave us clothes, seasons and worlds where all the girls and men are rock stars and everything is about the music. I want to live in a world like that.”
“‘Criticism and polemic somehow allowed me to simply go straight to the point, take the highway. If you have a lot against you, you have nothing to lose, and you win your freedom. It is an open road to focus and pursue your goal with no strings attached.’-Heidi Slimane
Yves Saint Laurent was an amazing fashion designer, and when Slimane moved from Dior to the french house, a new era began. For me Heidi Slimane reflects his constant discovery for new silhouettes and is a good storyteller.”
“Hedi‘s iconic vision – glam rock-influenced pieces, decadent youth looks, a combination of street and hi-fashion, gender neutrality – has had a positive impact on the traditional YSL style, elevating the brand to a whole new level. I feel sad that Hedi will be leaving the brand, but I wish some day he can create his own.”
“What is significant about Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent is he re-positioned the brand with a foundation to move forward and remain relevant with brands such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Balenciaga and Lanvin. Those houses have managed to brave that evolution with some exciting results embracing unconventional creative direction. It will be interesting to hopefully see Saint Laurent capitalize on that same vision of longevity that Hedi, no doubt, thought about when adapting the image and identity of the brand for the future of the fashion industry.”