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When are people going to learn that you don’t cross Hedi Slimane without consequence.
Poor old Hedi Slimane had a lot of trouble convincing critics he still rolls with the ways of hip young folk nowadays when he paraded his troupes of Chateau Marmont gypsys and their malnourished male counterparts down the runways in January. He wasn’t cut any more slack when he released Saint Laurent’s women’s campaign, fronted by a strung-out looking Cara Delevingne and a dress that cost $68,000.
“We consider what we do a Wizard of Oz situation,” Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk, told Vogue. Considering that we’re just as intrigued by the French electronic pair as we were by the mysterious old man behind the curtain when we were children, we can get behind this analogy. And since they’re always stirring our curiosity, we especially envious of Karlie Kloss, because Chloé-clad traipsing around New York City with the duo, as well as checking her makeup in one of their metallic helmets, for a Vogue spread is just another day on the job.
Seems Heidi Slimane wants the best of both worlds. He privately showed his Resort 2014 collection earlier this month, à la Tom Ford, and now he’s internet-publishing it to the masses, à la Burberry. He’s getting pretty good at this internet thing considering he’s still pretty deep in the ‘90s as far as aesthetics go.
You can never be too rich or too thin…for Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, at least. In the year since he took the reins at the house, the designer has been lambasted for everything from using bony male models to starting schoolyard beef with journalists, and now, he’s opening himself up to cut-eye from both critics and consumers alike with a seriously prohibitive pricing strategy. To wit: the grungy ’90s-inspired babydoll dress that Cara Delevingne sports in the fall ads will set you back $68,000.
How appropriate. The campaign for Saint Laurent‘s love-it-or-hate-it glam grunge fall collection has just hit the interwebs, and Hedi Slimane tapped love-her-or-hate-her model of the moment Cara Delevingne alongside Z. Cole Smith, a musician with a Kurt Cobain mop and a talent for looking brooding.