HEDI TIMES: Add Betty Catroux’s voice to those who are 100 percent behind Hedi Slimane’s new vision for Yves Saint Laurent, which includes a shift of the design studios to California, and a new moniker for the core ready-to-wear collection, Saint Laurent Paris. “All Hedi’s decisions are brilliant and it is so clever of him to work in Los Angeles — in peace, away from everything, under the sun,” she told WWD, echoing the opinion of the founder’s partner, Pierre Bergé.

Catroux, the late couturier’s androgynous muse, said she is not a nostalgic type. “As I don’t live in the past, I have no special recollections of that time except that everyday was a fairy tale,” she said, hastening to add, “but I like today just as much!”

This story first appeared in the June 27, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

As reported, Slimane said he would return the house to its “original branding,” including fonts. He is due to unveil his first designs — women’s resort and men’s spring 2013 — only to buyers next week in Paris.

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