October 3rd, 2012
Fashion, Fashion News
The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Hedi Slimane Writes an Open Letter to Cathy Horyn, Saint Laurent Paris’s PR Troubles, and Lulu Guinness to Launch Range With JC Penney
By The Fashion Bomb Staff

• The Hedi Slimane/ Cathy Horyn beef stew thickens today with a word from Mr. Slimane. After barring Horyn from his debut show for Saint Laurent, and reading the fashion’s critic subsequent review in which she called Slimane’s offerings “disconnected from fashion of the past several years”, Slimane fired back with an open letter of his own. Titled “My Own Times,” the designer goes in on Cathy, calling her a “schoolyard bully,” describing her sense of style as “seriously challenged,” and vowing she will “never get a seat at Saint Laurent but might get a 2 for 1 at Dior.” *Sigh* If you think Cathy Horyn gives a hoot about Slimane’s little tantrum, think again. WWD asked Horyn what she thought of the letter, to which she replied, “It’s just silly nonsense to me.”  (WWD)

• British designer Lulu Guinness will launch a diffusion line with JC Penney. The line is expected to drop in Spring of 2013, and will include handbags, gifts, and accessories. (Vogue UK)

• It seems there was a lot more drama at the Saint Laurent show than we previously thought. Apparently, the front row was filled with celebrities and some of Slimane’s buddies, while journalists were banished to second, third, and standing room (the effrontery!) rows. Slimane also refused any interviews after the show. Business of Fashion editor Imran Amad wrote a post addressing these and other issues that need to be handled by Saint Laurent’s PR team. Apparently, the folks at Saint Laurent have sent out e-mails to various media outlets attempting to clear up (or rather, create more) confusion regarding the proper name of the brand. “Last week, Saint Laurent’s press office sent out a mass email instructing media on the nomenclature we should use when referring to the brand,” wrote Amad, ‘The House is referred to as ‘Yves Saint Laurent.’ The ready-to-wear collection by Hedi Slimane is correctly referred to as ‘Saint Laurent’. (‘Saint Laurent Paris’ is used in the logo but not when spoken/written about the collection). Collection credits, should you photograph any items, is [sic] correctly written ‘Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.’” Amad says the brand asked the folks over at BoF to revise all the tweets they’d written referring to the label as “Saint Laurent Paris” to “Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.” Yikes! What do you think? Is Slimane being heavy-handed in his media relations, or is he just doing his job? (Telegraph, BoF)

Alexa Chung is writing a book on how to dress like an English schoolboy. (Vogue UK)

Marchesa has designed limited edition Swarovski crystal-encrusted New York Jets t-shirts, available for $110 on jetsshop.com. (Styleite)

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9 Responses to “The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Hedi Slimane Writes an Open Letter to Cathy Horyn, Saint Laurent Paris’s PR Troubles, and Lulu Guinness to Launch Range With JC Penney”

  1. Heiress says:

    Hmmmm…(side eye)..

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  2. JJ says:

    I’m bout tired of these two…what are they like 12..

  3. Heide says:

    We all know designers are diva’s and critics are critics. However I don’t know wth is going on over at YSL or Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane but I do know if you’re going to publicly be a designer diva then you absolutely need to be able to back you ish up and that Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane collection was flat out terrible. I mean that was the best he could do for his first full collection for the house. Hell they need to get on their knees and beg Tom Ford to come back. At least he turned out good collections.

  4. Heide says:

    And who in their right mind wants to wear a bedazzled Jets tshirt. Like when was the last time they won anything. So I’m going to walk around wearing a losing teams bedazzled tshirt that I’m sure it way over priced. Pahleaze.

    P.S. Sorry to the Jets fans for the shade.

  5. Miss Monèt says:

    Slimane’s collection was ‘Carmen SanDiego meets Van Helsing’. Not that great by any means. I don’t understand all the hate towards critics that’s their job. If you want good reviews design collections that are worth it.

  6. Welding Tuesday says:

    Bravo to Ms Horyn for having integrity.

  7. lola says:

    dead @ the alexa chung shade.

  8. omgfantastic says:

    bring back mr. pilati.

  9. Poor Yves is turning in his grave, smh…

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