These are a few of the questions and rumors that have swirled around Slimane over the past few months. In two articles out today to promote a four-volume box set of his photography called Anthology of a Decade out this month–one in Menswear and one in the UK’s Guardian–Slimane sheds a bit of light on the rumors.
“I’m going to design again, but I come back when it’s the right project, so I keep my passion for it intact,” Slimane told the Guardian. Slimane left Dior Homme in 2007 to pursue fine arts like photography and sculpture, but not before leaving an indelible mark on menswear–the skinny androgynous rocker look–that’s still pervasive on the streets today.
The Guardian interviewed Slimane just days after Galliano’s arrest, and by then, the artist’s name had already been floated as a replacement at Dior. When asked about the Dior job Slimane replied:
“I really love to design but when it’s a big luxury house there is so much things around the design. Like the global branding, like the window displays. Oh, it’s so much. You just have to be happy doing it. If you’re not, you’re really miserable. And I have no intention to be miserable. I miss the fabrics and I miss the atelier. But if I really miss it that much, I would have started again already.”
It’s a response that would seem to rule Slimane out for the YSL job, too. If he does design again, he tells Menswear it would have to be luxury fashion over anything fast. “I only like luxury fashion,” he says. “You have to decide where you stand. I like well-made, authentic clothes, well-crafted tailoring. I also like the dream and fantasy of luxury, the exception and rarity of it. I have no interest at all in fast retail. It is ambiguous.”
And though he loves California and LA–the city he’s settled in since pursuing photography–he hates what celebrity–LA’s currency–does to fashion:
“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.”