A little piece I wrote some time ago for another blog.
You know you are big in fashion when such an icon like Karl Lagerfeld goes on a diet, so that he can loose weight and wear proudly a pair of jeans you designed.
Hedi Slimane served as the creative director of the Dior Homme section of Christian Dior, from 1999 to 2007. He made his way by working at LVMH, and in 1997 became creative director of the YSL menswear line, launching YSL Rive Gauche Homme. Shortly after leaving YSL he joined Dior Homme after turning down several other proposals. He was also creative director of the Dior Homme beauty section during his time in the company, and launched among very popular fragances, a skin care line.
We owe a great amount of what’s happening in fashion now to Hedi. He has a clean, razor cut, sharp aesthethic that has influenced not only menswear but womenswear fashion. With a mix between minimalistic tailoring, and urban rock and roll, Hedi scored big points and won fans from all over the fashion world. We should thank him for the revival of the skinny trousers, the slim black tie, and the perfect black leather jacket.
Besides getting full recognition, and commercial success, the label had become so desireable, that clothes were produced in smaller sizes in order to fit women which desperately wanted a Dior Homme piece, a never seen before phenomena in the industry.
He always scouted guys for the shows on the street, a little like him, that rocker super skinny boy Dior Homme type of guy, that we really miss.