One of the many things Hedi Slimane is doing over at Saint Laurent (when he’s taking a break from creating new logos and composing bitter tweets directed at Cathy Horyn) is designing a new Skinny collection for men. More casual and laid-back than the brand’s mainline men's collection, the Skinny line Lookbook for Spring/Summer 2013 (photographed by Slimane, of course) features denim and leather jackets, drapey tees, slim jeans, and androgynous button-up shirts modeled by Gryphon O’Shea. As usual when it comes to Slimane’s offerings, forum members had mixed feelings.
The collection seems to be right up LagerfeldBoy’s alley. “The beach makes a perfect background for the subtle, effortless clothes,” he commented. “I think this highlights the denim wonderfully. I automatically want that nice denim jacket and a pair of those jeans. There's a youthful, edgy spirit in this, which I'm sure was aimed to attract a younger clientele.”
“It's definitely a new mood and tone for the house,” elle_gb posted tentatively.
Others were not so swayed. TianCouture wrote, “This clothing looks like items readily available at TopMan or Zara…the leopard shirt is frankly, sad.”
“Everything looks cheap to me!” KemAlnagdy exclaimed.
Whatever the protestations are from the boys, I think this is basically what I would expect from Hedi Slimane no matter what label he’s designing for. It doesn’t feel like Yves Saint Laurent, but Slimane’s clearly trying to take the brand in a new direction. Like the popularity of Dior Homme under his tutelage, I can see a lot of potential for women meandering over to the mens section and picking out a few pieces of this collection for themselves.