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A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou slams Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane

Brace yourself, it's about to get heated round here

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 7 Nov 2014

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Jean Touitou, the designer at French ready-to-wear label A.P.C., has had a few things to say about Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane and they're not pretty. In fact, Touitou doesn't hold back in calling Hedi out for his alleged bad attitude.

"An editor can't even use his clothes in a photo shoot unless it's as full total looks," Jean pointed out in an interview with Vestoj journal. "Not even a sock by another designer is allowed. It's like he thinks he's the Kaiser or something."

Jean also got worked up about the link he feels the Saint Laurent brand has drawn between Hedi's recent work and Yves Saint Laurent, the man.

"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," he said.

"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." Fierce.

Hedi has received plenty of criticism for his radical changes to the French fashion powerhouse since taking the helm in 2012 – but there has been lots of praise too, to be fair. Despite many a fashion outcry in the last two years, there are still plenty who regard Hedi's changes at YSL as wildly successful.

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