Staz and Misha Lindes star in a new series of black and white portraits photographed by Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane has a long history of working with indie musicians – from his tenure at Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007, to the Saint Laurent SS16 show in October, in which he cast Staz Lindes of LA band the Paranoyds. He’s also cast Lindes in this shoot, in which she stars alongside her brother Misha of SadGirl (another LA band).
The shoot comprises of ten portraits shot – as Saint Laurent’s visuals always are – by Slimane himself. But instead of wearing Saint Laurent’s latest collection, the pair are shot wearing their own clothes which, in both cases, translates to a distressed leather jacket adorned with badges (and a Metallica t-shirt in the case of Misha).
“I’ve always wanted to look like Bowie or Blondie,” Lindes says, when asked what ways she connects to Saint Laurent. As for what it was like to walk in the SS16 show? “It was very surreal and exciting. I felt so lucky.” But she wasn’t the only girl to make her Saint Laurent runway debut this season; Slimane tapped three other new faces – Amelia Akerhielm, Céline Bouly and Londone Myers – as well as Agyness Deyn, who returned to the catwalk after a four-year hiatus.
The show itself was quintessentially British 90s/00s festival in its aesthetic, despite Slimane’s longterm and widely documented love affair with LA. His cast of waif-like models wore animal print, shearling, cropped bombers, thin suiting, slip dresses, leather biker and denim jackets. Looks were worn with Wellington boots or strappy sandals and, in many cases, with diamante tiaras too. The result? Achingly cool.