One of the many details about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent debut in Paris that had everyone buzzing was the fact that Slimane had cast several relatively unknown models as exclusives and kept them a secret until the runway show.
Now that Paris Fashion Week and the drama-filled fallout are behind us, one of those models gave an interview to The Cut about how she was plucked from relative obscurity to fly to Paris to hang out and “work with” Hedi Slimane for several weeks leading up to the show. Her name is Louise Parker and she hales from Minnesota. Here’s what else we learned.
Hedi told her she had a bad walk:
I don’t have much experience walking in heels, and these were difficult to walk in. Hedi told me that I had a pretty bad walk, and that I needed to work on it, but he was really nice about it — he said, “Oh you’re great, you’ll work for me, but your walk really needs some help.”
During the days leading up to the show, she tried on clothes and sat around mostly:
They just had me trying on the clothes so they could figure out which skirt goes with which blouse, and stuff like that. So up until the show I was working every day, shooting looks and doing fittings. A lot of modeling involves waiting around — sometimes you’re just sitting for hours waiting for someone to tell you what to do.
On interacting with Hedi:
All of our meals were eaten together, and we got to talk to Hedi a lot — he took the time to get to know the models.
Hedi likes American girls:
I know that Hedi likes American girls. He lives in L.A., and he loves that L.A. look. Most of the other girls who were exclusive were American. I also know that he loves long hair and I have very long hair.
Confidentiality agreements and no tweeting allowed:
We had to sign a confidentiality contract about everything. We weren’t allowed to take photographs or tweet or Instagram while we were at work.
The leather jackets were perfect:
I’ve always been looking for the perfect leather jacket, and he definitely made them. The dresses were also super fun, but I don’t know when I would be able to wear something like that.
Hedi was very calm and sweet on the day of:
I was expecting him to be really high-stress, or really nervous, but he was always very consistent with his attitude. He never got catty or angry or anything. He was really calm and positive and sweet.
Head over to The Cut for the full interview.