Monday, November 26, 2012
Saint Laurent CEO Slams Slimane Vs Simons Rivalry
SAINT LAURENT CEO, Paul Deneve, has criticised the "banal rivalry" between Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons that has been the subject of press speculation in recent months. The president of the French fashion house has criticised coverage of the two designer's recent Paris Fashion Week debuts, urging for people to give equal attention to the "many other talents who showed".
"It was about so much more than Hedi vs. Raf," he wrote in an open letter to WWD, slamming anyone who opted to "reduce the collective talent of all designers showing in Pairs to a so-called duel between two fashion houses and two men."
Deneve went on to suggest that in focusing on the comparison between Slimane and Simons, fashion critics were missing the bigger picture.
"To caricature the arrival of Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent to a banal rivalry with another house or designer encourages people to relegate fashion to a sideshow rather than the main event," he said. "In particular, it obscures what is a much richer and I think more important moment in the fashion industry. Hedi's choice to join YSL was motivated by a very clear vision for the house, which means round-the-clock work for him and all my teams to turn that vision into a reality for all to see and enjoy."