Many of us were something just short of aghast when Hedi Slimane announced that he would be using his power as creative director of legendary fashion house Yves Saint Laurent to stage a complete overhaul of the brand, starting with the most sacred of signifiers: the name. It would be called Saint Laurent Paris–a small change, but a significant one–and people scratched their heads a little bit, but as time has passed have come to accept that a new age of YSL is upon us. There have been reports that the new SLP will include expanded ready to wear, MANY more stores, and a younger, fresher feel, and Slimane’s extracurricular activities support those theories. Outside of creative directing, Slimane has been photographing magazine and album covers from ultra cool, slightly grungy pretty young things Grimes and Sky Ferreira (not to mention those incredible photos of Frances Bean Cobain). He shot the cover for Sky’s Ghost EP and Grimes’ Dazed & Confused cover, and has now been posting atmospheric, beautiful shots of the Canadian musician on his blog, Hedi Slimane Diary. Could Slimane’s fondness for edgy, street wise ladies be an indicator of the direction the new Saint Laurent Paris will take? Are there SLP snapbacks and nameplates in our future? Check out more of Slimane’s photos after the jump and form your own theories.
Grimes’ Claire Boucher has a distinctive and totally enviable style, that’s part streetwear and part celestial punk witch, pairing high ponytails, baby bangs and oversized army jackets with directional, otherworldly jewelry and ultra feminine dresses. It’s a combination of looks that makes her both the antithesis and the ideal of high fashion’s old guard: she is willing and able to make challenging, interesting, and arresting style choices and still look chic, but is also totally willing to subvert ideas of beauty in the name of art and image. If YSL went in a similar direction, we can only imagine how totally nutsamazing it would be. And no, don’t worry, they won’t be doing away with Tribute heels anytime soon.
What do you think of Hedi Slimane’s photos of Grimes’ Claire Boucher?