Former Dior Homme mastermind-turned-photographer Hedi Slimane sat down with Prestige Hong Kong and he dropped a little knowledge about everyone's favorite too-tight denim: yes, the man is claiming responsibility for the creation of skinny jeans. An excerpt:
Would you ever collaborate with a high-street retailer?
No, never. I could do my own jeans line, for instance, because I have legitimacy in launching the skinny jeans in fashion, and jeans for me feel like a real noble item in fashion, a social territory almost. On the other hand, I don't like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion. That's what I've always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.
Slimane also took questions about a possible return to fashion design...after all, his name was thrown around as a candidate for that Dior gig that opened up earlier this year:
Yes, of course I am [considering designing again], but I'm really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind. I know what it takes to make a brand strong in the long term in a global economy. Besides design and communication, I need to make sure I have the right tools to make a new design project successful in the long run.