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Fashion Designer Hedi Slimane Imagines Next Social Networks Will Have 'New Realism' in First Interview at Celine

Fashion designer Hedi Slimane just gave his first interview to French newspaper Le Figaro since his appointment as the artistic director of French luxury brand Celine.

He chatted about gifting Lady Gaga with the first Celine bag, his relationship with social media, and so much more. Here’s what the fashionable Frenchman had to share:

On gifting Lady Gaga the first Celine bag: “I gave her this bag in private as a present, because she’s a longtime friend.”

On Los Angeles having a creative and artistic stimulation: “This became clearer later, after 2008. Barack Obama’s presidential victory played an important role, it meant something promising. By contrast, Donald Trump’s election created a climate of uncertainty so strong that you cannot escape it. California joined the resistance, but the energy has fatally changed. I still live in Los Angeles, but it is different.”

On suffering with chronic illness: “Just like many people, I have severe chronic tinnitus. It happened over a year ago now, when I started hearing obsessive and persisting noises one morning. I have been to many specialists in the United States, in Europe, but there’s no cure. This tinnitus apparently comes from a post-traumatic stress disorder, without acoustic shock.”

On his relationship with social media: “I don’t have any private accounts on social media. I don’t have a personal Instagram account. My photography website is displayed on Instagram, but the page is not linked to me. I understand the excitement, but to me, the personal privacy seems to be the last luxury that must be preserved. The selfie-craze is an anthropological topic in and of itself…Will the world eventually get tired of this emulation of reality, of the algorithm to get to the top, of this search for cyber-fame, where quantity is what impresses the crowds? …Will the next social networks evolve towards a new realism where there will be no alterations and touch ups? I realize how difficult it must be to grow up in a world of “likes” when we’re not the most popular girl or boy in school. Will the popularity contest smooth out the differences?”

For the full Le Figaro interview with Hedi, check out the English translation at BoF.com.

Hedi’s first collection for Celine is much anticipated and will be shown in Paris this Friday, September 28. This marks the French couturier’s return to fashion two years after leaving Saint Laurent.

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Jack Kilmer & Dylan Brosnan Honor Rock Legend at Johnny Ramone Tribute (Exclusive Photos!)

Jack Kilmer and Dylan Brosnan get together for a photo opp while attending the 2016 Johnny Ramone Tribute on Sunday night (July 24) at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

The guys were joined by Johnny‘s wife Linda Ramone, who organizes the event every year.

Also in attendance were Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, fashion designer Hedi Slimane, The Olms‘s JD King, Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton, film director Gia Coppola, Ray Donovan actress Rosanna Arquette (with husband Todd Morgan), and Creative Director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele.

The annual event celebrates the memory of late punk legend Johnny Ramone as a large crowd of fans screened the cult film Rock & Roll High School.

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Hedi Slimane Steps Down as Saint Laurent's Creative Director

Hedi Slimane is stepping down as the creative and image director of fashion brand Saint Laurent after four successful years.

The 47-year-old fashion designer joined Maison Yves Saint Laurent in March 2012 and he presented his last collection during Paris Fashion Week. It is rumored that Anthony Vaccarello could be his successor.

“I would like to thank Hedi Slimane very much for his vision in reforming such an iconic House as Yves Saint Laurent. The direction that has been taken over the last four years represents an incredible foundation for the Brand to build on for its continuous success,” Yves Saint Laurent President and CEO Francesca Bellettini said in a statement.

“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the House. I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the House has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary Brand,” Kering Chairman and CEO Francois-Henri Pinault added.

Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent to Show At Hollywood Palladium

Saint Laurent will be bringing fashion to Los Angeles next month when the brand shows creative director Hedi Slimane‘s new collection at the Hollywood Palladium!

The french designer announced that the brand’s fall 2016 men’s collection and part one of the women’s collection will be shown on February 10. The second part of the women’s collection will debut during Paris Fashion Week in March.

The date for the Los Angeles fashion show was chosen to coincide with Grammys week as music’s biggest night is happening on February 15.

A teaser for the show starring new “it girl” Staz Lindes just debuted!


SAINT LAURENT AT THE PALLADIUM / FEBRUARY 10TH 2016 / LOS ANGELES