Relating to the instant messanging, and other designers I once had an online conversation in which I, and the other person discussed how the famous fashion designer's personalities would be based on factors such as interviews, physiognomy, etc. We both said that Tom Ford was the most rude, and probably mean. Jil Sander, and oscar de la Renta seemed nice, and Karl Lagerfeld was rather ambiguous. Yves Saint Laurent as well seemed to be a friendly person albeit somewhat senile. There were over 50 people conversed upon.
Interesting. I often consider what the personality of the designer might be based on the clothes that they design. It doesn't surprise me to hear that Tom Ford is very rude, and that Jil Sander is more amiable. I don't know enough about YSL. Based on his elitist clothing and the look of his models, I would imagine that Hedi Slimane would be quite snooty.