SLIMANE SONG: Hedi Slimane has been known to seek inspiration from the rock scene. Now, Boston-based indie rock group Keys to the Streets of Fear is returning the tribute with a song dedicated to the Dior Homme designer. “Hedi Slimane” is to be released as a 7-inch vinyl record on Aug. 5. The song features lyrics such as “I want pants like Hedi Slimane” and “I want jeans like Hedi Slimane” followed by the chorus “I want to —- like Hedi Slimane.”
If that’s too risqué for U.S. radio stations, there’s always the French version, also on the record. “One of the main reasons we did the song in French and English is so that it could get played on the radio here, since no American DJ will figure out the French words,” said lead singer Pasquale Timore (wishful thinking).
Beyond entertainment, the group has fashion ambitions. To celebrate the song’s release, it has approached costume designer Robin Chalfin to rework 10 Antwerp Six outfits purchased at discount stores such as Century 21. Chalfin took apart the pieces and put them back together, adding materials like leather and silk. They will be exhibited at Stel’s boutique in Boston next month.
“Hedi Slimane is rock ’n’ roll,” Timore said. “He and Raf Simons are these little obsessions of ours. Our drummer is a former haberdasher and we are really into tailoring.”
This story first appeared in the July 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.