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Hedi Slimane responds to criticism of his debut Celine show

‘It’s always very jarring and I always feel like people are talking about someone else’

While all the chaos of fashion month is now over, the industry’s drama has continued on. After presenting his debut collection for Celine last week, Hedi Slimane has responded to the show’s critics.

During a segment on journalist Loïc Prigent’s show 5 Minutes de Mode by Loïc Prigent, some criticisms of the show – including the Hollywood Reporter calling him the “Donald Trump of fashion” and the Business of Fashion saying the collection was a “gust of toxic masculinity” – were displayed along with an email statement from the designer which was translated and published by WWD. “It’s always very jarring and I always feel like people are talking about someone else,” Slimane said. “I’ve already been through this at Saint Laurent.”

Naturally, the designer was especially disappointed with the comparisons to Trump, something he referred to as “opportunistic, rather bold and fairly comical”. In his interview with Le Figaro that was released in the lead up to the show, Slimane revealed he was considering leaving his long-term home of Los Angeles since the president had been elected.  

Elsewhere, the designer noted that he felt much of the criticism came from the fact that as a man he had succeeded the house’s previous designer Phoebe Philo – who was celebrated for her female gaze-designed clothing. “Is a man drawing women’s collections an issue?” he said. “You could read into that a subtext of latent homophobia that is quite surprising.”

Prigent has said that he will release the full statement later this week in his longer show, 52 Minutes de Mode. Celine has no official statement at this time.