‘All of them, Dior and Hedi at Saint Laurent, are friends of mine, so I think it’s a very good thing,’ he told ELLE at the launch of his Karl Lagerfeld Paris pop-up shop in Selfridges last night.
Advocates view Slimane’s repositioning of YSL as Saint Laurent Paris as a return to the brand’s Rive Gauche heyday. Detractors say Slimane’s move is disrespectful toward the fashion house’s founder and the beloved YSL insignia. After all, Lagerfeld has served as Chanel’s designer for nearly three decades, but has never proposed replacing the iconic double-C logo.
‘Paris needs some new things, some stimulation,’ Lagerfeld continued. ‘It’s good for everybody. Competition is a healthy thing in life, especially in this business. I love the idea. I think it’s interesting and it’s important. Something fresh was needed.’
An early-career photograph of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld at the Selfridges launch event