Hedi Slimane Responds To Cathy Horyn And Her ‘Silly Nonsense’

And the fashion feud continues!

What started out as a runway review has turned into something far more messy and unprofessional. First, Cathy Horyn called out Hedi Slimane for not inviting her to the spring Saint Laurent Paris show. Then, Slimane blasted her in an open letter via Twitter, calling her a “schoolyard bully”. The New York Times critic remained relatively quiet about it until she told WWD, “It’s just silly nonsense to me.” And just when we thought it was all clear to go back on Twitter, Slimane has taken to the social media site (again) to express his thoughts on the critic and her employer:

And for those who were wondering, Lady Gaga has joined Team Slimane, or at least Team Anti-Cathy. Yesterday, she told her fans to “check out @hedislimanetwit garments for YSL this season” and said he was “a true punk visionary. Modern, forward, LA VERITE”.

But Slimane/Horyn drama aside, it turns out that despite the collection’s mixed reviews, retailers liked his spring wares. Barneys‘ chief executive officer Mark Lee, who was on YSL’s management team between 1999 and 2004 when Tom Ford was exiting and Stefano Pilati was entering the company, said the collection was filled with “modern, sexy, desirable clothing that the Barneys customer will want.”

He continues:

“YSL is one of only two French houses that has a complete style and an arsenal of iconic elements so rich as to constitute a wardrobe. Critical elements of YSL style and wardrobe have been underutilized by YSL over the past 12 years and overutilized by dozens and dozens of other brands and houses. I think it was only correct that Hedi reclaimed for Saint Laurent Paris what belongs to the maison.”

It’s a shame that this petty feud has overshadowed the actual clothes, but we’re still taking bets on whether Gaga, Lee, or even WWD will be receiving a pointed email asking to not refer to the house as “Saint Laurent Paris”. See, everyone is confused by the new moniker.

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