Hedi Slimane Does Not Want to Be Helmut Lang

Yesterday Hedi Slimane gave his first interview since leaving Dior in February to French newspaper Le Monde. Hedi discusses his departure, saying tha
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Yesterday Hedi Slimane gave his first interview since leaving Dior in February to French newspaper Le Monde. Hedi discusses his departure, saying tha
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Yesterday Hedi Slimane gave his first interview since leaving Dior in February to French newspaper Le Monde. Hedi discusses his departure, saying that the issue was his desire to start designing womenswear. This wasn't possible under the Dior name. Hedi says that when he announced to Dior in January that he intended to quit, Bernard Arnault tried to convince him to stay by agreeing to finance Hedi's own label. But negotiations broke down over the use of Hedi's name, which Slimane refused to sell, saying that he views Helmut Lang's story as a cautionary tale-- Helmut sold the rights to his name, and a label called Helmut Lang is currently being designed by ex-Habitual founders Nicole and Michael Colovos. The label has transitioned from being a high end designer brand to a mid-priced contemporary line (something you buy at Barneys Co-Op, not Barneys). Helmut is not involved in any capacity. Hedi also talks about bringing hedonism to menswear, how a brand that doesn't have a foundation in youth can't be modern, and how he's always really photographing the same person. If your French is up for it, we recommend reading the whole interview-- Ours is a bit rusty, but we're glad we did. --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS