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.