03/21/2011 07:52 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hedi Slimane: Red Carpets Are 'Tragedy Of Cheap Fashion On Cheap Celebrities'

Ahead of the release of his new photography book and amid speculation that he'll replace John Galliano at Dior, designer Hedi Slimane sat down with Women's Wear Daily's April issue of "Menswear" for a rare discussion about guy style, music and California.

Some excerpts from the Q & A...

On the current state of fashion:

"Nothing has changed since 2002. Men's fashion is a slow-motion cycle, operating with a certain delay. I've heard two million times how skinny jeans are so last season...but nothing truly makes it in the streets now except for this."

On the next big look:

"We should drop for good this predictable story each season, about a lean and youthful male figure versus conventional men's wear and male proportions. There is obviously room for everything....Besides, 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 in designer clothes."

On red carpet dressing:

"Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design."

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