Hedi Slimane Has Already Ruled Out Fast Fashion Collaborations
Skinny jeans inventor guy Hedi Slimane has been plotting his return to fashion design for what seems like an eternity. And even though he hasn’t found a surefire way to get back into the business yet, he’s already ruled out having anything at all to do with fast fashion.
In a recent interview with Prestige Hong Kong, the former Dior Homme creative director said that he so belongs to high fashion innovation that he couldn’t possibly work with a high street label. To do that would be to admit that he didn’t know where he was supposed to be or what he wants to accomplish as a designer.
“I could do my own jeans line, for instance, because I have legitimacy in launching the skinny jeans in fashion, and jeans for me feel like a real noble item in fashion, a social territory almost. On the other hand, I don’t like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion. That’s what I’ve always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.”
But at this point, when even Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz have collaborated with lower-priced labels, maybe the new consistency means getting your jeans (or your dresses, what have you) on as many butts as possible.