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Hedi Slimane’s Best Runway Moments in Saint Laurent

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In less than half a decade, Hedi Slimane changed the location, name and aesthetic of Saint Laurent, stamping it with a rocker-cool LA edge that was all his. Celebrated and reviled by critics in nearly equal measure, Slimane also brought economic success to the storied French brand. Here, a retrospective of his best runway moments for his Saint Laurent, as news of his departure spreads.

Spring 2013

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For his controversial debut, Slimane introduced some witchy women in the spirit of rock star Stevie Nicks—complete with lace-up leather, flowing black chiffon and pointed hats.

Fall 2013

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Fall exited the ’70s and entered an era of ’90s grunge, leveraging ripped denim, plaids and ultra-feminine details like florals against edgy lace-up boots, set to the sounds of North Cali garage band Thee Oh Sees.

Spring 2014

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With Le Smoking jumpsuits, lip prints and high-shine, one-shoulder fitted party dresses, Slimane brought the Saint Laurent woman back to the heyday of Debbie Harry at Blondie and emphasised some Yves Saint Laurent hallmarks.