Don’t ever accuse Hedi Slimane of not having a type. As he showed in this Saint Laurent collection, the Hedi boy is alive and well: all gangly limbs, hollowed cheeks and boyish faces, just like we remembered them from Dior Homme. Except this time, Slimane’s replaced These New Puritans and The Rakes with boys from Swim Deep and Halls.
Also on full display is the aesthetic that Slimane honed while at Dior Homme, a sexy, roughed-up and rock’n’roll perspective on the world. Put it this way: the Saint Laurent boy would rather play pool in a Seattle dive bar than sip cocktails at Le Baron. In translation, that meant distressed trousers, shearling duffel coats and enough ripped, baggy knitwear to light up any Nirvana fan’s eyes. With this collection, Saint Laurent is repositioning itself as an infinitely buyable and accessible arbiter of cool youth – and since Slimane has previous form in this area, it might just work.
Words: Zing Tsjeng
Images: Harry Carr