The legacy today was grunge, not YSL; the longing was his own ardent attachment to a scene that was a continent and an ocean away from a kid in Paris at the beginning of the nineties. Slimane is not the only designer motivated by a powerful impulse to reimagine youthful yearnings. Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs immediately spring to mind as masterful mediums of pop-cultural watersheds like The Factory or the Beats. And of course, it was Jacobs who famously lost a job over his original recasting of grunge in a high-fashion context.
But there was no job on the line, no sense of present danger, with Slimane's collection today. And with regards to that adjustment, there was no expert skirting of nostalgia. Almost nothing looked new. Which didn't trouble Alexandra Richards, Alison Mosshart, and Sky Ferreira in the least. Such dream clients were all thrilled by what they'd seen. "That's the way I dress anyway," was their party line on the baby dolls, the schoolgirl slips, the vintage florals, the random mash-ups of sloppy cardigans, plaid shirts, and sparkly dresses accessorized with ironic strings of pearls and black bows, fishnets and biker boots. All well and good, and money in the bank for retailers etc., etc., but anyone expecting the frisson of the future that Slimane once provided would have to feel let down yet again. At the odd moments when he allowed it to happen—as in a cutaway jacket over a plaid shirt over slashed black leather cuissardes—there was a glimpse of the kind of rigorous sensibility that hybridized passion and fashion into an irresistible force at Dior Homme.
i know there's a hair thread somewhere else on this forum, but i feel like there should be a swd specific one. i don't really go anywhere but here and the marketplace. i guess hair products are pretty universal to both mc and swd users, but actual haircut preferences are probably pretty different, so separating that aspect at least seems logical. i've said this before, though
ya there is one in lifestyle -> health & body but its pretty dead. someone start one here.
re: Slimane and grunge (or really punk, indie rock, and grunge) -- What's funny about Slimane's love affair with that punk/indie rock/grunge look is that a lot of the bands that pioneered that music outright rejected the corporate system. Those great labels that sprung up in the 80s and 90s, like SST, Touch and Go, Sub Pop, and Dischord, came about as a way for bands to put out the music they liked without having to go through the major labels. The bands were all totally poor and just did it because they loved music (until grunge anyway). Kind of ironic that Slimane made his name by co-opting the look born out of that ethos for the super rich, upscale Dior corporation.
You ever see that clip from Hype! where the Seattle rockers talk about their Rolling Stone shoots where they had to change out of their five dollar Wal Mart flannel and into the $300 identical-looking fashunz flannel? Pretty funny.
(I think the whole movie's on YouTube, actually...)