Hedi Slimane with Yves Saint Laurent, Getty Images.
Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane has revealed the one reason that he was persuaded to return to fashion design after a four-year hiatus in a rare interview.
"I went back to design for Pierre [Berge] and Yves only. I owe him and Yves everything, this is why I tried my best the last four years to protect and consolidate the foundations of their house, no matter what it meant for me, or my life," he said. "It was somehow a question of honour, duty and unconditional love."
Having worked at the French fashion house in the Nineties - when Berge enlisted him to work on the menswear collections - Slimane was lucky enough to have spent time in the presence of the house's eponymous founder, an experience that he drew on during numerous moments in his career.
"I would never forget Pierre asking me to take pictures in the backstage of the final Yves Saint Laurent couture show, I have this moving archive of that historical show, Yves overwhelmed, Loulou de la Falaise next to him, looking for the last time at all he had created," he recalled in the rare interview with Yahoo! Style. "The most meaningful was certainly the first Dior Homme show, with Yves and Pierre in the audience. Pierre had called me the day before to let me know Yves wanted to come. The day of the show it was the only thing I could think about and that mattered to me."
Poignantly, Slimane is now resurrecting the couture label of the house - set to be known as Yves Saint Laurent - an announcement that was received far better than when he was first appointed as creative director and set about initiating change - famously dropping the "Yves".