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Hedi Slimane Resurrects Twitter Account to Rant

The designer's blood feud with Cathy Horyn rages on.
Designer Hedi Slimane with Mariah Carey in August. Photo: Getty Images

Designer Hedi Slimane with Mariah Carey in August. Photo: Getty Images

After rather infamously posting an open letter to Twitter accusing fashion critic Cathy Horyn of being a "schoolyard bully" in 2012, Hedi Slimane's Twitter had gone silent; everything had been deleted and the profile picture remained a default egg. On Thursday night, though, the designer brought his Twitter fingers out of retirement for — what else? — a rant that went on for a whopping 22 Tweets.

The issue at hand? Not the recent news regarding Slimane's lawsuit against Kering and YSL, but rather, the implication that Slimane attempted to do away with the "Y" in "YSL" altogether. "FACT CHECKING," the rant starts (in all caps, natch). "THERE HAVE BEEN INACCURATE STATEMENTS ON RECENT ARTICLES REGARDING HEDI AND THE USAGE OF THE YSL HISTORICAL LOGO." 

Slimane (or an assistant or lawyer-type, as the whole thing is written in third person) goes on to point out several instances where the classic YSL logo was used in photography, architecture, accessory design, ad campaigns and fashion shows during the designer's four-year stint at the house. Most begin with the phrase, "FOR THE RECORD."


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It's obviously not entirely possible to know what sparked Slimane's ire, but we think it's safe to assume that he finally got around to reading Horyn's review of Anthony Vaccarello's first collection for the brand titled, "The Y Is Back in YSL, But Not Much Else Is Yet." In it, Horyn says, "Apparently, Vaccarello has restored the Y, which had been excised by his predecessor, Hedi Slimane, as both a throwback to the brand's original name and an attempt to modernize it. (The truth is, despite Slimane's efforts, most people still say YSL.)"

Truthfully, the changes under Slimane were always slightly confusing; the ready-to-wear line was to be referred to as "Saint Laurent Paris," while the YSL logo continued to appear on both accessories and the beauty line (which is licensed through L'Oréal). Horyn wasn't the only person who got it wrong in 2012; at the time, Business of Fashion's Imran Ahmed wrote a piece detailing YSL's mishandling of the re-brand, and The Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong also took a dig in her review of Slimane's first collection. 

But even when the reviews aren't about his designs, it seems Slimane just can't keep away from hate-reading Horyn's work; after all, his feelings reportedly go back to a 2004 review of Raf Simons in which she wrote: "Beginning with the skinny suits that made his reputation nearly a decade ago and made a Hedi Slimane possible, Mr. Simons gave a real glimpse of the future."

While Slimane's departure from the brand means Horyn gets a seat at YSL shows again, it seems like the legendary feud rages on — 12 years and counting. 

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