Hedi Slimane was relaxed after his runway show tonight. Tucked away in a dark corner backstage he chatted with the members of the bands Phoenix, Beck and Soko, all the while giving equal time to past collaborators, kids from bands who walked the show, editors from his favourite magazines and music producers. Saint Laurent under the creative direction of Slimane is a whole new world now. It is a rock 'n' roll ecosystem populated with musicians and creatives, existing in darker corners of Los Angeles - be it under moonlight at the Chateau Marmont or the sleazier bars on the strips. This lifestyle is reflected by the clothes on the runway; they speak of touring, rehearsing, of being scuffed up, but the clothes themselves, of course, are cut from luxury fabrics. If everything on the runway looks familiar, a fantastic evocation of dandy musicians in bands wearing black leather biker jackets cutting through the night, it's because it's supposed to. Going by the constant flow of customers into the stunning, newly redesigned Saint Laurent stores, Slimane's vision of his world is selling - selling very well in fact.
Photography: Jason Lloyd Evans; Writer: Sarah Hay