I realize I already talked about this on two previous occasions and although I sincerely wish there wasn’t the case anymore, I have to talk about the same old triggers Hedi Slimane keeps on glamorizing in his work.
The Saint Laurent Paris Fall 2013 ad campaign was released and Cara Delevingne perfectly illustrates the spirit and the idea of the collection presented by Hedi on the catwalk that caused so much controversy a few months back. Grunge is back, yes, only with a significantly higher price tag. Couture democracy, sure, but at what cost? This is for the poor little rich kids who go through a rebellious stage in their neverending teenage life and want to spend all their monthly allowance on a dress and a pair of boots.
Fine by me. I couldn’t care less what other do/wear unless it touches me in a direct manner. Otherwise it’s just wasted time and nervous energy. But if Mr Hedi Slimane is following the trend makers directives that we too are supposed to follow, I’m not all that relaxed anymore.
As much as I love music and have a real fondness for fashion, the fashindustry only binds the two as long as there’s a fine line of white powder on the table. And that, we all came to find out, is something fashion sweetheart Cara Delevingne is no stranger to. Sure, nobody makes a big case of what models eat, drink or inhale anymore. Because everybody’s practicing some kind of weird regime, but I’m just a simple girl and I still hold on to my simple, naïve pleasures. Fashion is one of them. I’d like my fashion with creativity on the side, no chemicals for me, thank you very much!
Also, I’d like my models more on the lovely side, not on the dulled-out-of-their-crackhead-minds attitude. Sure, she’s lovely, but if everything that’s holding together the Cara magic can be contained in a little transparent plastic sachet, I’ll just look elsewhere for sheer and uncorrupted inspiration.
Mr Slimane, you can take your poor little rich kids and their infinite boredom and shove it on their parents’ paycheck. I hope the next season will bring something fresher and more joyful, or I’ll take my YSL appreciation and classify it under vintage flavors and shut the door leading to the new Saint Laurent catwalk.