PARIS — Paris’ loss is Los Angeles’ gain. Hedi Slimane disclosed via Twitter that he would present his fall 2016 men’s collection for Saint Laurent — and women’s pre-fall — at the landmark Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 10. The extravaganza could be among Slimane’s last for Saint Laurent, as rumors of a change in creative directors persist.
The men’s show typically caps off men’s fashion week in the French capital and had been scheduled for Jan. 24. Saint Laurent noted that the Sunset Boulevard concert venue is billed as the oldest and largest in Hollywood, christened by Frank Sinatra in 1940 and subsequently rocked by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Prince and Bob Dylan.
“SAINT LAURENT AT THE PALLADIUM” LOS ANGELES FEBRUARY 10TH 2016 / READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE ON : https://t.co/fYNBtjuhDD
— SAINT LAURENT (@YSL) January 12, 2016
Slimane characterized the event — five days ahead of the 58th Grammy Awards — as a tribute to the music scene in Los Angeles, his home base since 2008, and site of Saint Laurent’s design studios since his arrival as creative director in 2012. In fact, he’s given credit as one of the key instigators of California’s creative and retail renaissance.
WWD broke the news Wednesday that the French designer has so far failed to renew his initial contract with the Kering-owned fashion house, and that YSL has held advanced talks with Anthony Vaccarello, described by sources as the front-runner to succeed Slimane.
Kering and YSL spokespeople reiterated that they “don’t comment on rumors.”
A rep for Vaccarello declined all comment.
Saint Laurent is the latest marquee brand to decamp from the European runways, after Givenchy’s one-off show in New York in September and Tom Ford’s fall 2015 runway outing last February in L.A. during Oscar week.
Slimane, also an accomplished photographer, has documented the West Coast scene for years and in 2011 mounted an exhibition titled “California Song” at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Feb. 10 event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the “Hedi Slimane Diary,” the designer’s online photo blog, much of it devoted to the music scene.
Slimane said he is moving into short “portrait videos,” a trio of which he unveiled as online teasers for the Palladium event featuring rock musicians Ariel Pink, Kim and the Created and Zoe Reign of No Parents.