Newsmaker of the Year: The Twenty Nominees

WWD editors have chosen a host of nominees, all of whom have made dramatic headlines this year.

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Hedi Slimane

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WWD Special Report issue 11/28/2012


TITLE: Creative director.

COMPANY: Yves Saint Laurent

NOMINATED FOR: After a seven-year absence devoted to photography, Slimane made a much-hyped return to the fashion scene as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent. It quickly became clear that his attention to detail had not waned since his previous stint at Dior Homme, as Slimane revamped everything from the label’s store design to its name.

About that: Confusion ensued after the designer decreed that the house would still be called Yves Saint Laurent, but the women’s ready-to-wear collection would henceforth be referred to as Saint Laurent.

Slimane then revealed he would be working not from the French capital, but from Los Angeles, where he has lived since 2007. But this was only a taster for the controversy that greeted his first catwalk show in October. Though retailers were largely enthusiastic, press reviews were mixed. Some griped about his restrictive invitation policy that excluded some editors, or relegated them to standing. Among those barred from the show was Cathy Horyn of The New York Times, who wrote a review based on digital images in which she said the collection “lacked a new fashion spirit.” The designer responded with a vitriolic letter on Twitter in which he called Horyn “a schoolyard bully and also a little bit of a stand-up comedian.”


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