It's like everybody is beefing today: A$AP vs. Hood By Air, Bill Simmons taking on Mike Golic and, now, Jean Touitou of A.P.C. has some choice fucking words about Saint Laurent designer, Hedi Slimane. In an interview with fashion journal Vestoj, Touitou, not one to mince his words as we already know, lobbed a molotov cocktail of hate toward Hedi regarding his vise-like grip on the image of SLP:
Yes, an editor can’t even use his clothes in a photo shoot unless it’s as full total looks. Not even a sock by another designer is allowed. It’s like he thinks he’s the Kaiser or something. But seriously, it’s ridiculous; the brand is trying to establish connections between what Slimane is doing and what Yves Saint Laurent himself did by saying that Slimane is working the rock ‘n’ roll vibe in homage to YSL. The official party line is that Yves Saint Laurent hung out with Mick Jagger in the 1970s, and that the relationship between Slimane and his rock star friends is just the same. But YSL was never into rock n’ roll; he was into reading Proust. I mean it’s one thing to hang out with Mick Jagger at Studio 54 because you’re totally coked out and everybody’s partying, but that doesn’t make you a fan of rock n’ roll. That part is an after-construction and the Kering Group is blatantly trying to spin the story to suit their ends. But the Slimane bashing will stop soon anyway because it’s fashion and people get tired of bullshitting about the same subject. Plus the brand probably sells a lot in China, and as long as you’re financially successful you’re pretty bulletproof.
Damn, fam, thems is fighting words. It seems that the controlling nature of Hedi rubs people the wrong way. Let's not forget the beef Cathy Horyn had with him a couple years back, which was subsequently quashed earlier this year. But Touitou is pretty bang-on about the fashion cycle. We can't stand talking about something for more than a week or two at a time, so this will likely be completely forgotten the next time anyone notable does anything. Or, who knows, maybe Touitou will come around just like Horyn did. LMAO J/K zero chance that happens.