During the seven years that Hedi Slimane designed for Dior Homme, he wrote a new version of masculinity using not only clothing to tell the story, but also models: slim-hipped, young, and androgynous boys plucked largely from the streets of Berlin. Now he’s designing for women at Saint Laurent Paris and working from a design studio in L.A. We asked Slimane to describe what intrigues him visually, using photographs as his medium and muses as his language. Last season, his runway paid tribute to the mid-nineties grunge style of Courtney Love and Melissa Auf der Maur, and so, too, do these women—with their bleached hair, vintage slips, pale skin, and dark lips. Through them, a picture emerges of the new Slimane.
*This article originally appeared in the August 19, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.