Monday, August 20, 2012

A New Focus

I have been an admirer of the creative genius of Hedi Slimane since his early days as head designer at Dior Homme where he revolutionised the public's appreciation of the male silhouette. Slimane has been instrumental in my own decision to lay off the weights, opting instead for a leaner more fashion-friendly frame. With the announcement in March 2012 of Slimane taking over the reigns from Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent as Creative Director, I look forward with abated breath to Slimane's debut Yves Saint Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2013 collection in September. Paul Deneve, Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent, released the following statement at the time of Slimane's instatement, "Hedi Slimane's exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the history of the maison."

Slimane's creative vision extends beyond the medium of design in his role as an accomplished photographer. Following his resignation from Dior Homme in 2007, Slimane immersed himself in photography, returning to the medium which he explored growing up as a student of photography and political science. Slimane's striking black and white portraiture has appeared in V Magazine, Dazed & Confused, i-D, and the French, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese editions of Vogue. In an interview with the New York Times, Slimane reveals "a certain creative honesty, an authenticity, sometimes a vulnerability" as his inspiration when selecting photo subjects. Slimane's soul-bearing portraits of models and muses is chronicled in vivid detail on his personal website - www.hedislimane.com 

Elsa Sylvan
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Catherine McNeil
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Aline Weber
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Julia Nobis
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Jacquelyn Jablonski
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Unidentified Model
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

Ashley Smith
Photographer - Hedi Slimane
Source - hedislimane.com/diary/

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