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.
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 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.