Oh-em-gee, the fashion world finally has something to write about, and that is W-T-F is Hedi Slimane doing at Saint Laurent? It seemed like every outlet had a comment on the ‘Slimane Laurent’ Fall 2013 grunge look, and that every comment was but a dumbfound of questions: Is Hedi, in cahoots with parent company PPR, trying to court a younger customer? Is he selling out the Yves legacy to an ego and prescription amphetamine-driven vision of rock’n’roll? Has he signed a deal with the devil at Urban Outfitters? Is Everything is Embarrassing? Or maybe, this is art? A conceptual ‘fuck you’ to the fashion status quo? An appropriation of subculture, like Marc Jacobs did at Perry Ellis? Or like Yves did himself, as Suleman Anaya reported, with his 1971 Nazi-inspired show?
Hedi’s show has the old guard feeling too old, and the Tumblr-guard feeling inspired (grunge, Grimes, and Sky Ferreira—Hedi is channelling a demographic). Courtney Love Cobain, the woman without whom this collection could never exist, seemed to like it: “having gasms at the idea of rich ladies buying what we used to wear, finally someone got the actual look exact, no beanies,” she tweeted @hedislimanetwit. Eric Wilson’s round-up of reactions at The New York Times is worth reading. And, if you still care, so is this essay.
But you know who surely doesn’t care? Vivienne Westwood. In this awesome interview with Wilson at the Times, Westwood serves some balls-out soundbites. Asked what she thinks of the new “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Met, Westwood tells, “the truth, not that it is a very good idea to tell the truth about things”:
I think it’s ridiculous. I’m also rather bored with American journalists… You know, America is an isolated territory, with all those editors who think they are so powerful. Mostly, I think they are rubbish. And I don’t like fashion magazines either. Someone asked me the other day, if I really was a world controller, what is the first thing I would do. I would stop advertising.
Asked if fashion can still provoke she replied, “Probably not… Fashion has become so whatever. I don’t think there are any stones left to unturn.” I doubt Westwood would give a shit about Hedi Slimane’s controversial Saint Laurent collection and, since she’s the boss, neither should we.