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Azzedine Alaia: 'Hedi Slimane could take over Chanel'

Azzedine Alaia: 'Hedi Slimane could take over Chanel'

Azzedine Alaia is excited to see where Hedi Slimane ends up next, predicting Chanel as his next home.

Hedi departed his role as creative director of Saint Laurent last week (end01Apr16) after months of rumours, and reports of Anthony Vaccarello replacing him came true on Monday (04Apr16). Alaia, whose couture pieces and shoes have made him a hot name in the industry, can't wait to find out about the designer's next steps.

“I want to see what Hedi is going to do,” he told Vogue Italia. “I would be very surprised if he went back to Dior (where Slimane was menswear designer from 2000-2007). But I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to Chanel. He’s friends again with Karl (Lagerfeld) after they fell out, and it would not be stupid for him to come back to Karl – at Chanel. He could start with menswear and then take over the ready-to-wear and then he might take over completely...”

Alaia previously worked with Hedi and other big fashion stars on a project for Louis Vuitton from 1992 to 1995, and he's seen a great deal of change in the business since then. Quizzed on what he thinks is different in this day and age compared to when he started out, the 76-year-old designer touched upon how designers appear less willing to launch their own brands.

“It’s a strange time,” Alaia noted. “A stylist like Hedi could start his own house under his own name – he has earned a fortune. But he wants the security of being at an existing house. He’s only been two or three years at Saint Laurent and they have invested a lot. Now someone else will come in and want to change it all again.”

In the meantime, Alaia's company continues to flourish with its luxurious offerings and his latest collection is packed full of geometric lines, knits and dresses.

“I don’t say, ‘I prefer this or that’ – not at all,” he added of his approach to designing. “I have an idea and I work on it.”

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