This must have been in the works for a while and I’m impressed that those in the know could hold their excitement for so long. Taking the place of Hedi Slimane in his capacity as Creative Director of Saint Laurent is Anthony Vaccarello. The low-key Belgian designer (who still, as of today, doesn’t have a Wikipedia page) has stepped down from his role at Versus Versace and put his own line on hold for his new gig. While it remains to be seen if the designer will bring that monochromatic palette and designs to the label or if he will rebel against his own norms, we can safely assume that it will be exciting times ahead.
The clothes were not the only things we kept a look out for during Fashion Week. Beauty looks and accessories draw just as much attention, and with good reason. Trends seen on the runway tend to have a major impact for the next season and if the beauty looks we’ve seen at the Fall/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear shows are any indication, drama is key.
We start with the crowning glory: The Hair. We can say goodbye to sleek hair, as designers chose big-attention grabbing hair. While Gucci in Milan featured voluminous hair, models at Rick Owens in Paris donned hair nests that some felt bordered on the conceptual. Other designers who went for the volume with the hair, was Manish Arora as he complemented his designs with crimped, wavy bouffant locks piled high.
Volume was not the only hair trend seen on the runways. This fall may see us take a break from the straightening irons with many such as Altazurra in New York and Giorgio Armani in Milan championing the curl. Fendi was another label to favor the look, with tight curls. One designer who put a different spin on the look was Vivienne Westwood where she pinned curls to the models’ heads for a subtle historical spin.
An instantly dramatic trend that some followed is that of the bleached brow. Varying levels of camouflaging and lightening were seen on the runways of Milan, London and Paris. While Armani chose to scuff out the brows of his models, Givenchy chose bleached eyebrows that seemed to appear invisible.
Fashion Week took a trek back in time to revisit urban grunge with the help from the extreme smokey eye. In Paris, Saint Laurent treated guests to a visually captivating beauty look with models sporting thick-winged eyeliner flicked up to the temple. Others such as Tadashi Shoji and Dries van Noten opted for a softer, smudgier interpretation that was still striking.
The last of the beauty trends was the dark lips. Glam-goth was the name of the game at Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show in New York as models walked down the ramp with black lipstick. Marc Jacobs followed suit though designers chose to lighten it up in London with deep red tones. In Paris however, Dior and Louis Vuitton sealed the deal with the former choosing a lacquered black lip.
All images are courtesy of AFP and Saint Laurent.
Nine days, 90 major runway shows for Fall/Winter and a boatload of designs later, Paris Fashion Week has finally come to a close. While we would love to relive each show and share the collections with you, it would be impossible and quite honestly exhausting. In place of that, we have come up with an alternative that still keeps you in the loop. Here are the five memorable looks from Paris fashion week.
We saw the decade make an appearance at Saint Laurent. Hedi Slimane didn’t hold back at the Maison’s show with the shoulder pads, big belts, bows and earrings. He even threw in a few mini-skirts that seemed to travel their way through time to be there. Other designers influenced by the ‘80s glamour, were Kenzo, Lanvin, Maison Margiela and Giambattista Valli.
From bikers to cowgirls and Indian braves, the runways were filled with the “no-nonsense” woman. Brands such as Louis Vuttion and Loewe featured black leather bustiers; Vuttion even paired it with skinhead and dominatrix boots for a tough-as-nails look. The armored look didn’t merely encompass the bustiers but even extended to toughened up tutus by Valentino.
The gothic Victorian look had a spot in the limelight amidst the aggressive glamour. With a twist on the 19th century coats and suits, it’s not difficult to imagine the liberated gentlewoman wrapping herself in pieces from Lemaire, Veronique Branquinho and Stella McCartney.
High boots are definitely in. Males excited by this may like to know they are indeed for walking all over you. From thigh-high Puss in Boots to skinny, cavalier, lusciously soft suede, riding boots and S&M, they were everywhere. Balmain, Rick Owens, Ungaro, Barbara Bui, Wanda Nylon, Masha Ma and Luis Buchinho built much of their looks around them.
Shine Bright like a Diamond
Paris has a new sheen again and it is not just from all the leather. From the first day when Anrealage debuted its symphony of space age grey, to Dries Van Noten’s deliciously judicious use of gold lame to Saint Laurent’s flashy uptown girls, the catwalks have gleamed with shiny fabrics and surfaces. It reached a pinnacle in Haider Ackermann’s jewel-toned glitter ball of hard-edged glamour.
The clothes horses at Men’s Folio also love fast cars. They put together five looks to go along with five Porsche models and got their ambassador, actor Lawrence Wong, to anchor this lovely spread. He kicks things off with the Porsche Cayman GTS (above), featuring himself in a Givenchy leather jacket, acetate sunglasses from Porsche Design and wool sweater and wool pants from Saint Laurent.
Porsche Cayman GTS
Contrary to popular belief, the name of the car does not refer to the Caribbean islands. Instead, Cayman is an alternative spelling of caiman, a Latin American alligator. When the first Caymans arrived at dealerships for sale, the automaker adopted four caimans at Stuttgart’s Wilhelma Zoo. Lawrence Wong fronts this shot in a three-piece suit from Dior Homme.
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds
Top speed: 285km/h
Porsche Panamera GTS
The Porsche Panamera production model was unveiled at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show on April 2009. Since its debut, the full-size luxury car has become one of the best sellers of its class and has attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Matthew Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Ryan O’Neal. Lawrence Wong puts together the appropriate look with an all-Saint Laurent affair, from wool sweater and wool pants to leather jacket and leather boots. The acetate sunglasses are by Porsche Design.
0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds
Top speed: 257km/h
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet
The iconic 911 has long been a favorite among the who’s who including Ralph Lauren and Jerry Seinfeld, who have owned rare 911s. In the shot above, it peeks out from behind the Panamera.
0-100km/h: 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 304km/h
Porsche Cayenne S
It was possibly the most talked about model in the Porsche portfolio. Porsche enthusiasts weren’t exactly sure what to make of luxury SUV from the celebrated sportscar maker. However, it has become one of the most sought-after luxury SUVs on the market, and its success silenced its critics. Today, some of the most prestigious sports carmakers are jumping on the bandwagon to produce their version of SUVs including Bentley and Lamborghini. Lawrence Wong is dressed to match in a Versace polyester jacket and wool pants, with leather boots by Saint Laurent.
0-100km/h: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 259km/h
Porsche Boxster GTS
The Boxster’s name is derived from the word “boxer”, referring to the vehicle’s horizontally opposed or boxer engine. Right from the start, it was an instant hit, just four years after the Boxster’s debut in 1996, its sales volume had almost quadrupled to nearly 56,000 units. Lawrence Wong owns this look with a Saint Laurent wool jacket and Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 edition.
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds (PDK)
Top speed: 279km/h
Text by Lance Lim
Photography by Richard Chen
Grooming by Sam Ong using colors from Sephora
Outfits by Porsche Design; Givenchy; Dior Homme; Saint Laurent; Versace; Chopard
This story first appeared in Men’s Folio.
Nothing says style and luxury quite like Porsche in the world of automobiles. As part of its Driving Dreams campaign, I travelled to Langkawi Island to come up-close and personal with Porsche’s latest crop, a stunning range that runs the gamut from the bachelor-approved 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet to the newest incarnation of the ever-popular Cayenne S. The location was the dreamy Four Seasons Resort, just right by the picturesque and seemingly boundless Andaman Sea, the perfect location considering the occasion at hand. After all, it is entirely acceptable, and common, I’d think, for speed enthusiasts to dream about cruising in a Porsche.
To get behind the mechanics of the latest range, one had to get behind the wheel. I was presented with an incredible collection of cars: 911 Turbo, 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel, Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4, Macan Turbo and Macan S. If you’re car-obsessed, seeing these beauties lined up in a row, one after another, is like waking up on Christmas morning. How can a girl choose? When it comes to Porsche, however, beauty isn’t just skin-deep.
“Intelligent performance has been the driving force for Porsche to develop our cars with focus in addressing mobility and connectivity topics. Evidently, Porsche is working on this with the first battery-powered four seat concept car, the Mission E with over 600 hp, over 500 kilometre driving range and around 15 minutes’ charging time to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy,” explained Martin Limpert, the managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific. “With pioneering technologies that combine performance and efficiency, Porsche continues to build the sportiest cars in the segment and strengthening the position as the world’s most successful manufacturer of exclusive sports cars.”
After taking in the splendour of all 14 of the cars before me, it was time to put them to the test. The order of business was to take them across Langkawi Island, a nearly 200-kilometre journey through the villages and past iconic landmarks, from the lighthouse at Pantai Cenang to the breathtaking Gunung Raya, the island’s tallest mountain.
My first model was the Panamera S E-Hybrid. Aside from clean and ultra sleek leather-covered interiors, which is expected, since this is Porsche we’re talking about, the first thing you’d notice is how audibly absent the engine is. You sort of have to check that it’s on and even then you’re unconvinced. That’s the fossil-free battery talking – or rather, not talking – the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s crowning glory that’s not only remarkably quiet, but also lasts up to about 35 kilometres on the road entirely on its own with a maximum speed of 135km/h, all while emitting just 71 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Needing only 2.3 hours to be fully charged, the beauty of the S E-Hybrid is its ability to draw power from conventional sockets.
It takes a longer time, for sure, but it means you get to power up even when you’re away from your garage. Charging when you’re actually on the road works too, owing to the brake energy recovery system and the combustion engine, which is hardly shabby itself, by the way, enabling a maximum speed of 270km/h. When you combine the two, the Panamera goes from 0 to 100km/h in just a little over 5 seconds. The adaptive air suspension made for a soothing ride too, even when it came to the winding roads near the hillier regions of Langkawi Island. The Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the more practical and spacious one of Porsche’s newest offerings, but it still packs power when the time comes for it.
The test-drive with the Panamera S E-Hybrid came to a halt at the Datai Golf Club, one of tumbling pastures with borrowed drama from the rain that had just passed and the lush forests on its periphery, a very fitting scenario for my next model – the Cayenne S. For someone who grew up in SUVs, this one was right up my alley.
The Cayenne has remained one of Porsche’s popular kids since its introduction in 2002, and it’s easy to see why. It’s huge on the inside, even more so than the Panamera, but it still behaves like a Porsche. The refreshed version is much sleeker and stylish too, kudos to Porsche, rendering a certain lightness to the stocky car. Like the Panamera, sans the electric motor, the Cayenne S runs on a V6, accelerates to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and goes up all the way to 259km/h. For its build, it’s an impressive score. You see, speed really isn’t a problem for Porsche, even for the bigger vehicles. The Cayenne S is one of the lucky ones endowed with a Sport Plus button, a feature to remind you that you’re in a sports car. The engine becomes more responsive, the steering more direct, the damping harder. The effect and thrill are immediate. There’s even a performance display on the dashboard to track lap times. What’s perhaps most satisfying about the Cayenne S, to me at least, was how it handled curves, bends and even hills with swiftness and ease, again, rather unexpected for its size.
Alas, my journey across Langkawi Island came to its inevitable end, though not without a little surprise. I was presented with a quiz that would determine my “dream car” from Porsche. My result? The 911 Turbo in Jet Black Metallic, one sick ride that I think even Bruce Wayne would ditch his Batmobile for on an off day. It’s all beautiful curves with a maximum speed of a whooping 315km/h, the fastest of the lot. This was a surprise, considering my affinity with SUVs. (Okay fine, so I tweaked my responses just a bit so that I’ll get something super sleek. But hey, this is about picking my dream car, isn’t it?)
This story first appeared in the December/January 2015 edition of L’Officiel.
Text by Candice Chua
Images by Richard Chen
Styling by Wei Lun Tok
Now this is a proper flagship-type store. Tokyo is now home to the largest Saint Laurent store in the world – bigger even than your average penthouse. Spanning 929 square meters (10,000 square feet), the newly opened store along the Omotesando strip is designed to be minimalist with black marble, glass, brass and black leather, and carries Saint Laurent’s full line of ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories for men and women, reports WWD.
To commemorate the opening, the store will be selling limited-edition Saint Laurent surfboards designed with Los Angeles-based artist Lucia Ribisi. Only 10 are available throughout the world at a price of US$6,615.
Barbara Palvin may have just turned 22 this month but she already has five years of modeling experience and a slew of campaigns and commercials in her bag. That’s a lot more than what her peers in the business can say. A frequent face in beauty, the doe-eyed Hungarian got her big break in 2011 as the face of Chanel Beauty, but it was her contract with L’Oreal that launched her career, turning her into a face seen nearly everywhere, from drugstores and movie theatres to towering billboards across the world. You may not remember it, but chances are you probably have seen one of her campaigns.
While modeling is her main game, Palvin has dabbled in acting – she made a cameo appearance in Brett Ratner’s Hercules (2014) – a career she may pursue when she leaves the modeling industry. In person, the baby-faced model is as bubbly and easy-going as you’d expect her to be, but there are also hints of a certain maturity that surpasses her young age. Here, Palvin opens up about acting, bad press, beauty, not being “very good” on the runway and secret talents (you’ll never guess what it is).
Wool coat with fox fur sleeves, Marni. Lambskin bodysuit, Alexander Wang. Nappa leather boots, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Fishnet stocking (worn throughout), Saint Laurent
So, you started modeling at a young age. Did you have any concerns back then?
No, I didn’t have any problems. It was easy. My mum was travelling with me everywhere so I wasn’t even alone, even when I went to Japan. She was helping me a lot, even on photo shoots. If there ever was something I didn’t want to do, she’d be there to help me, but that has never really happened.
Do you have any advice for young models that are just starting out?
When I did shows, my first two seasons were really good, but then it started to not work out because I was considered short, and I started to feel that modeling was not for me. I almost gave up. So, what I’m saying is, don’t give up, even when you don’t get a job straightaway because there will be ups and downs, and that’s normal.
You’ve worked with many photographers over your career. Is there one that stands out?
Jack [Waterlot]! What can I say? I mean, come on! [Laughs]
Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Polyamid elastane bralette, Bordelle
What about runway shows?
My first Chanel show. I was crying. It was at the Grand Palais, there was live music and it was just so beautiful. It was just such an intense experience.
You don’t do many shows now, though.
It’s partly because I’m not very good at it. I’m not very tall or skinny. I don’t have the runway look. It’s also a personal choice because I always ended up being disappointed and that’s not good for my confidence. I did just do the Chanel show in Korea though! It was good to be back on the runway. If [Chanel] asks me to do a show, I do it with no questions asked.
You were in the film Hercules alongside Dwayne Johnson. Do you plan to go into acting soon?
Yeah…and no. [Laughs] Like, I want to do it, I want to try it, but acting is different, for sure. In L’Oreal, we act a little bit for the commercials and if you’re a model, you have to be a good actress because you can’t just stand there with just one look. For example, you’ve got a rock ‘n’ roll look on, you don’t just stand there looking like a little girl, you have to get into the mood.
Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci
How many more years do you see yourself in modeling?
With this baby face? [Laughs] I think I really want to get it out, maximize the time I have left. So, I’d say two more years? Following that, I see myself having two options. Either I have a family and a husband and have my own business maybe, or become an actress but still have a husband, just no kids.
You’re friends with many Hollywood celebrities and tabloids have brought you into their drama before. How do you deal with all this negativity?
Well, you know, my family and friends know what’s true, and that’s all I care about. I mean, there were some moments when I had enough of the hate and I snapped and said something, but I’ve learned that it’s better to just leave it.
Do you have paparazzi following you around?
It depends. For example, in Japan, they know when I’m coming so they will be there. It doesn’t happen all the time though; I’m pretty good at hiding.
Patchwork shearling leather coat and lambskin sheath dress, Calvin Klein Collection
You’ve been in the industry for many years. Do you think you’ve changed as a person?
I’m definitely more mature, but I don’t think I’ve changed very much. I’m the same stupid little girl that I was and still am when I’m at home.
You’ve fronted a lot of beauty campaigns. What are the products you absolutely swear by?
I love the Miss Manga Mascara by L’Oreal. That’s my favourite. Hmm, what do I love? I love the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, that’s the newest one. Every time they bring out a new one, I’m like, “Wow, this is even better!” and another one comes along and I’m like, “This is even better!” [Laughs] I always use the Hydrafresh range as well.
Do you have any beauty secrets?
I don’t know, I don’t really have any. I do try to keep my skin clean. I don’t wear makeup if I don’t have to.
What about secret talents?
I’m a good cook! And I love singing and I play soccer. The last time I was asked this question, I couldn’t answer and I was like, “F—k! This is my secret talent?” It just doesn’t come to mind very easily.
Metallic silk triacetate pleat dress with high collar, LOEWE. Patent leather pumps with skinny square stiletto heels, Saint laurent
I’ve heard that you love to read.
I love reading. That’s my talent! I read 400 pages in one day. I’m a very quick reader. I was in Bangkok recently and I had two books, about 700 pages, and I finished it in two days. Oh, wait – I remember another secret talent now! I’m good at remembering numbers. I’m super good with numbers. If someone gave me an address or a telephone number, say two months ago, I’d still remember it.
Is there anything you wish you had done differently if you weren’t a model?
I wish I went to college. I didn’t really have a chance because I was signed with L’Oreal when I had just finished high school, so I got really busy. I was doing a lot of Victoria’s Secret stuff as well. But, I mean, I can still do it, and I want to do it. I want to study law.
Photography by Jack Waterlot
Styling Jumius Wong and Jack Wang
Hair: Fernando Torrent/L’Atelier NYC
Makeup: Yumi Lee/L’Atelier NYC using L’Oreal
Manicurist : Yukie Miyakawa / Kate Ryan Inc.
Photography Assistant: Herman Van Den Brandt
Styling Assistants: Erin McSherry & Jingni Oh
Model: Barbara Palvin/IMG
Radzmire coat, Prada
Python skin double-breasted pea coat, miu miu. Stretch thigh-high boots in printed vinyl with translucent heel, Dior. Harness dress with oversized rings in 18K gold, Bordelle
SAINT LAURENT PARIS has unveiled the images for its pre-fall 2015 campaign, starring Austrian model of the moment Helena Severin.
Comprising a series of black and white shots by Saint Laurent creative director and fashion photographer Hedi Slimane, the campaign features garments from the new collection ranging from tailored coats to sequined mini dresses as well as the label’s “Emmanuelle” bag.
Aaron de Mey was the makeup artist for the shoot, while Didier Malige took care of the hair. The collection is now available online.
SAINT LAURENT has cast British singer-songwriter and 60s icon Marianne Faithfull as the new face of its Music Project. Famed for her husky voice, Faithfull’s rock ‘n’ roll credentials are, of course, impeccable.
The singer co-wrote The Rolling Stones track “Sister Morphine,” and was in a tabloid-filling relationship with Mick Jagger for a number of years.
The links between the Paris-based luxury brand and the music world go back to May 1971, when Yves Saint Laurent first dressed Mick Jagger and Bianca for their Saint Tropez wedding.
Under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane the brand has doubled down on the rock ‘n’ roll heritage, with former Girls singer Christopher Owen chosen as one of the faces of the brand’s relaunch in 2013. Miles Kane has also contributed a specially written song to the label’s pre-Fall 2014 collection.
Hedi Slimane is launching a new line of stunning diamond jewelry for the Parisian luxury house.
Titled ‘Saint Laurent Diamond,’ Slimane’s latest jewelry collection features stunning modernist designs in gold, set with brilliant-cut diamond paving.
The hand-crafted jewelry line, which features rings and bracelets for men and women, follows “the tradition and savoir-faire spirit of Parisian joaillerie,” says the brand.
Customers have the choice of 18K gold or 18K white gold set with diamonds and according to Saint Laurent the collection will be “permanent and evolving.”
Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Saint Laurent, has unveiled his first short film starring the brand’s newly redesigned ballerina shoe.
The minute and a half long clip shot by Slimane in NYC is the first time we’ve seen the designer move behind the movie camera to present his uncompromising reimagination of the Saint Laurent aesthetic.
His latest project for the famed Parisian label stars model and dancer Lida Fox. Alongside her classical training she’s also managed appearances in shows for Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood, and was also shot by famed photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book.
Dressed in a matching leather bandeau top and pants, worn with a grunge-chic-inspired checked shirt, Fox shows off the capabilities of the shoes in an industrial-looking warehouse space, executing a series of complex pirouettes, turns and leaps.
It’s all performed to a lo-fi soundtrack titled “Trick or Treat” written and sung by Clementine Creevy of LA-based band Cherry Glazerr. Not bad for a first go, eh?
Just three months after opening the flagship location on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne, Saint Laurent will close the boutique in August to tweak the space. According to reports in WWD, creative director Hedi Slimane wishes to alter a number of design elements including the black concrete floor.
The store was first opened in May in time to introduce Slimane’s new architectural vision for the brand (lots of black and white marble, and sleek mirrored elements).
The closure is intended to allow the work to be done ahead of the fashion shows in September: “August’s typically calmer pace allowed for an opportunity to finalize and perfect the space for the beginning of the season,” said a spokesperson for the brand.
The move won’t shock Parisian customers who are used to the city closing down for business during the traditional holiday period in August, but might surprise a few luxury-loving foreign visitors in town for the summer.
French designer Hedi Slimane picked artist and model Sasha Pivovarova as his muse for the latest Saint Laurent collection for Cruise 2014.
Showing off the latest range of ready-to-wear and accessories, Pivovarova strikes poses in a new set of black and white shots for Saint Laurent which were shot in New York City.
The collection follows in the wake of Slimane’s grungy Fall 2013 womenswear offering, and arrives just ahead of the next men’s collection, which is the last show on the schedule at men’s fashion week in Paris, set to take place from June 26 to 30.
Born in Moscow, 28-year-old Pivovarova made her acting debut alongside Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the 2011 science-fiction thriller “In Time;” she is also a part-time artist.
Cara Delevingne, wooed by all the leading fashion designers, is back in the limelight. This time around, England’s eccentric fashion model is posing for Saint Laurent, under the expert eye of Hedi Slimane.
Saint Laurent has been recruiting top-name models for its campaigns lately, particularly since the advent of Hedi Slimane as creative director.
The latest campaign, shot by Slimane in Los Angeles, shows the British beauty from the front and from behind wearing garments and accessories from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection.
The second part of the campaign, which is devoted to men’s wear, will be unveiled at some point in June.
After Edie Campbell and Julia Nobis, it’s Danish model Freja Beha’s turn to pose for Saint Laurent’s next ad campaign, once again designed and shot by Hedi Slimane.
Hedi Slimane had his heart set on the Danish top model for Saint Laurent’s latest campaign. The striking young Scandinavian is now posing for black-and-white photos shot by the French fashion house’s artistic director.
For the purposes of this shoot, Freja Beha is wearing leather pants with a polka-dotted shirt, along with a more mannishly-cut suit that fits her androgynous figure to a T. The picture calls to mind a previous campaign featuring Saskia de Brauw, likewise shot by Hedi Slimane, dressed as a boy to present Saint Laurent’s menswear line.
The top model also displays a series of accessories, including leather goods, from the brand’s pre-fall 2013 collection.
In the backdrop to these photographs you’ll spot Saint Laurent’s new boutique in Paris, which just opened on 53 avenue Montaigne (8th arrondissement) on May 9.
French designer and creative director of luxury label Saint Laurent Hedi Slimane has designed stage gear for the return of the epic electronic musical duo Daft Punk.
Set to hit stores at the end of May, Daft Punk’s upcoming album “Random Access Memories” is one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases. Eschewing the heavy computer effects of previous efforts, Daft Punk tasked themselves with “[recreating] what we used to do with machines and samplers, but with people,” they told the Guardian.
In celebration of the record and the upcoming tour, Hedi Slimane has photographed the duo for the Saint Laurent Music Project, shown off in a short video. In the black and white visuals, shot in Los Angeles, the band (made up of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) are dressed in stage wear by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, including a black glitter jacket, ‘le smoking’.
It’s a longstanding collaboration between the three artists, and Daft Punk were the first choice to create the soundtrack for Slimane’s first show as creative director at the recently rebranded luxury label back in October 2012.
Slimane has a lasting obsession with pop culture and rock ‘n’ roll, dressing many of the noughties’ slickest groups in his razor-sharp skinny suiting. The designer’s Rock Diary project has also seen Slimane create a visual record of his relationships with his favorite musicians and bands.
Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Ariel Pink and Marilyn Manson star in a new series of images shot by Saint Laurent’s creative director Hedi Slimane.
The Saint Laurent brand has a rock ‘n’ roll heritage that goes back to the 1970s, when the eponymous designer dressed Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for his wedding to Bianca in Saint Tropez.
New creative director Hedi Slimane has always been a musical obsessive. Defining the razor sharp masculine silhouette of the early noughties with his work at Dior Homme, Slimane was quick to team up with a new wave of guitar-wielding rock ‘n’ roll stars, with bands including Beck, The Rakes and Razorlight providing live soundtracks to the runway shows, and the designer’s distinctive silhouette appearing on the frames of The Kills, Franz Ferdinand and David Bowie, among others.
Slimane’s reign at Saint Laurent saw a renewal of this tradition, with former Girls frontman Christopher Owens chosen as the face of the menswear relaunch, and a follow up campaign featuring Beck Hanson.
For his latest work, the “Saint Laurent Music Project,” Slimane has photographed four distinctive musical icons; Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Ariel Pink and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon.
The artists represent a number of different musical styles and eras: grunge, metal, art rock and psychedelic pop, all captured through Slimane’s signature black and white photography.
Love was shot in a Saint Laurent pinstripe suit with a silk ruffle suit, an evening draped dress from the pre-fall 2013 collection, and a men’s coat from the most recent fall-winter show.
Art-rock icon Kim Gordon picked her own clothes for the shoot in New York City, wearing a Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket, a leather mini skirt, and a bustier dress.
World famous rock singer Manson picked out the brand’s signature L01 Motorcycle Jacket, which was also sported by cut-and-paste California pop artist Ariel Pink.
We can’t wait to see who’ll be unveiled next in the photo series, which continues the themes first explored in Slimane’s Rock Diary.