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Hedi Slimane On Returning to Fashion Design: He Has "Options," But "What’s the Rush?"

Hedi Slimane On Returning to Fashion Design: He Has "Options," But "What’s the Rush?"

>> Hedi Slimane recently agreed to do his first interview in almost three years with, provided that he could answer all questions via email.  As a result, you have Slimane's views on a possible return to fashion design, potential fast-fashion collaborations, and the state of the fashion system.

He's not ruling out that he will design fashion once again (but avoids answering whether it would be for a house or his own label).

"I am not really studying one project but different options and collaborations at the same time. Obviously, I know what I want and precisely how I want to do it. When the time is right, what’s the rush?"

"I also don’t understand what the hell people do with all those clothes" »

On collaborating with a fast fashion retailer:

"I have obviously had a few discussions, like any of us, but I don’t really like the 'capsule' collection trick, which I won’t do. There is something terribly cheap about it. This validation is somehow dodgy, since fast fashion, with few exceptions, is quietly ripping off all it can, including brands that are too small to defend themselves."

"I would not mind and would be open to some evolution of fast retail, if it was aiming for an original design and a long-term commitment. It would become something else. Something like Apple computers, for instance, where design meets a wide audience through innovation and sense. In the future, fast-fashion retailers might change their philosophy toward real efforts to create a world of their own. One can only hope."

And of the current pressure on designers to create eight or more collections a year:

"Designers end up needing a full-blast studio for this sort of thing, which is totally absurd. I also don’t understand what the hell people do with all those clothes. Less would be better, and shorter collections. Again, e-commerce might change this costly and overwhelming fashion avalanche."

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