22 January 2018

Heed the words of Hedi Slimane, his best quotes on style, masculinity and gender

Céline's new creative director, in his own words.

[N]otoriously reclusive when it came to the press, Hedi Slimane typically lets his clothes speak for him. But on the rare occasion where he’d proffer his insights on style, masculinity and the pace of fashion, you bet he had something controversial to say. Here are seven of his best quotes.

“AN ATHLETIC MAN, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL HIM, WILL ONLY LOOK GOOD IN A VERY CLASSIC SUIT, A PAIR OF CLASSIC JEANS, ATHLETIC CLOTHES OR SIMPLY NAKED. FORGET FASHION. THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, UNLESS YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE A CHIPPENDALES DANCER

"I only like luxury fashion. You have to decide where you stand. I like well-made, authentic clothes, well-crafted tailoring. I also like the dream and fantasy of luxury, the exception and rarity of it. I have no interest at all in fast retail."

"People always want an explanation 'Why did you do a pair of pants like that?' I have no idea. I'm not going to have a 20-minute political discussion about the necessity for slashed, painted leather jeans."

"I’d like men to think about evolving into something more sophisticated, more seductive. To explore the possibility of an entirely new masculinity."

UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - OCTOBER 2012: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was provided in B&W, a colour version is NOT available) In this handout image provided by Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, Yves Saint Laurent Designer poses during a portrait session in October, 2012. (Photo by Yves Saint Laurent via Getty Images)