In the great tradition of prolific fashion designers exploring other territories (think Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela's move into the art world, Tom Ford directing films or Jean Paul Gaultier designing wallpaper) Hedi Slimane, former Creative Director of Saint Laurent has announced his next move following a decades-long tenure designing fashion.
Slimane wrapped up his time at Saint Laurent with a final 80s-inspired couture collection last July (paving the way for one Mr. Anthony Vaccarello) and an ensuing lawsuit against the brand's parent company Kering late last year regarding a non-compete clause in his contract. Now, with the dust having settled, Slimane explained to the New York Times that he will be turning his full attention to his long-term side-hustle, photography.
Photography and portraiture has long been part of Slimane's career, with the designer-turned-lensman telling the New York Times, "I started at 11 with black-and-white photographer. It has always been a natural and defining part of my life." The former Creative Director has had a long running photo blog entitled Hedi Slimane Diary, shot all his campaigns while at Saint Laurent and had multiple exhibitions of his work so the move is not entirely out of the blue.
In the first in a series of portfolios he has photographed for V Magazine entitled New York Diary, Slimane revealed portraits of members of the city's cult music scene from the well-known such as Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and the underground, the likes of The Lemon Twigs.
Though his full focus will remain on photography for now, Slimane does not rule out a return to fashion. "Naturally, photography will always be there, however I never intended to stop designing," he says. "I never said I will stop designing in the future."