>> Hedi Slimane, who last acted as creative director of Dior Homme before leaving the brand in 2007 (and has since focusing on his photography) has confirmed that he does indeed plan to make a comeback at some point: "Yes, of course I am [intending to return to fashion design], but I’m really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind. I know what it takes to make a brand strong in the long term in a global economy. Besides design and communication, I need to make sure I have the right tools to make a new design project successful in the long run."
Slimane notes that his designs would always be for a luxury customer; when asked whether he would collaborate with a mass retailer, he replied: "No, never. I could do my own jeans line, for instance, because I have legitimacy in launching the skinny jeans in fashion, and jeans for me feel like a real noble item in fashion, a social territory almost. On the other hand, I don’t like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion. That’s what I’ve always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world."