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Hedi Slimane to Design Menswear at Chanel?

There may be more to Karl Lagerfeld's Saint Laurent jacket than you think

BY KATHARINE K. ZARRELLA

NEWS  -  MAY 04

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Photo: Getty Images

Tonight, Karl Lagerfeld took his bow in Havana, Cuba to mark the end of his 2017 Chanel Resort défilé. It was quite the luxurious affair, a sharp contrast to the rampant poverty and deprivation the country had endured for so long. But due to this year's landmark lifting of a strict trade embargo, it seems as though so much is about to change. We’ll be bringing you full coverage of the event later this evening.

Curiously, Lagerfeld wore a gold sequin Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent jacket, and there might be more to that wardrobe choice than meets the eye. Since Slimane’s departure from Saint Laurent, rumors have begun to circulate that he is heading to Chanel. Lo and behold, new rumors have already arisen, this time that Slimane will design menswear for the storied French house, which currently only offers women's clothing. That would be one hell of a brilliant move on Chanel’s part, given Slimane’s loyal fanbase and the profits his rocker wares produced for Saint Laurent. Some sources within the house that Coco built have even claimed to Fashion Unfiltered that Slimane has been studying the Chanel archive and is hard at work on his first menswear collection.

If you’ll remember, Lagerfeld and Slimane had a deep mutual respect for each other at the beginning of the latter’s career. In fact, in 2004, Lagerfeld told the UK’s Telegraph that he decided to lose weight because he, “suddenly wanted to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane, who used to work for Saint Laurent and now creates the Dior Homme collections. But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys, required me to lose at least six of my 16 stone.” 

No doubt, Chanel, which has been helmed by Lagerfeld since 1982, when the brand’s chairman Alain Wertheimer asked him to revive the then sleepy house, would only bring someone on board to do its first official menswear range if Lagerfeld approved. And with the rumors that Lagerfeld is set to retire, the belief is that Slimane is being groomed to eventually take over design for the women’s collection, too. If Slimane were to go to another major fashion label, it would make sense that he’d choose Chanel, where he could have creative control and freedom, as Lagerfeld does. 

As fashion legend has it, Slimane and Lagerfeld had a falling out, which was seemingly set aside when a Lady Gaga-edited issue of V magazine, in which a photo shoot of the pair together was featured, hit stands earlier this year. A representative from Chanel has not yet responded to a request for comment, thus nothing is confirmed, but at the very least, Lagerfeld’s choice to wear Slimane’s blazer is the ultimate olive branch—not to mention a departure from his signature black-and-white uniform. But hey, maybe Lagerfeld just really likes Slimane’s glam rock duds. For now, all we can say is stay tuned…

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