The fashion world has lost their enfant terrible. After parting ways with Saint Laurent last April, Hedi Slimane has decided to leave fashion altogether. In a rare interview with The New York Times today, he revealed he’d be turning to photography full-time.
“It has always been a natural and defining part of my life, a personal, intimate process,” he said. “I am deeply attached to each of the characters I depict, and to my photography archive.”
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Along with the interview, Slimane released the first part of a three part photography series for V Magazine, called “New York Diary.” Featuring the designer’s signature black-and-white portraits, the “diary” images pair some of New York’s best underground faces, from Lydia Lunch and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge to Dani Miller of Brooklyn’s Surfbort, with quotes about the city. Like the photos he shot during his time at Saint Laurent, the series focuses on Slimane’s fascination with musicians.
But fashion girls and rice punks everywhere, can take a deep breath—despite his plans to move to photography, and with no intention of starting his own line, Slimane will eventually return to designing.
“Naturally, photography will always be there,” he said, “however I never intended to stop designing. I never said I will stop designing in the future.”