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Hedi Slimane Defends His YSL Work in Twitter Tirade

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Mariah Carey and Hedi Slimane at the event for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hosted by Brett Ratner and David Raymond, in L.A. on Aug. 10

The press-shy designer went on a 22-tweet rant Thursday evening.

Hedi Slimane usually lays low when it comes to social media (as in, he doesn't post anything), but on Thursday evening, the designer decided to let off some steam via a Twitter rant in the form of not one or two tweets, but 22 all-caps statements to express frustrations about his former employer Yves Saint Laurent.

And we're not talking about that lawsuit against Kering (parent company of YSL), either.

Slimane, who departed the storied French fashion house in March after more than three years as creative director, took to the online platform to correct "inaccurate statements" regarding his "usage of the YSL historical logo," statements that suggested he tried to remove the "Y" from the logo when he renamed the house Saint Laurent during his tenure. (His successor, Anthony Vaccarello, showed his first collection Sept. 27 during Paris Fashion Week.)

It's worth noting that even though the tweets were posted on his official account, the statements were written in third person, so perhaps he had someone else writing for him.

Slimane clarified that he used the Cassandre "YSL" logo, designed by Ukrainian-French painter and typeface designer Adolphe Mouron Cassandre in December 1961, as part of his "reform project for the house from the early days of 2012 to 2016."

The L.A.-based creative then went on to offer several examples, which can be seen below, of how he included the "YSL" logo in his photography and designs.

It's unclear what may have prompted Slimane's Twitter tirade, but there's speculation that it was fashion critic Cathy Horyn's latest review for The Cut. She wrote: "Apparently, Vaccarello has restored the Y, which had been excised by his predecessor, Hedi Slimane, as both a throwback to the brand’s original name and an attempt to modernize it. (The truth is, despite Slimane’s efforts, most people still say YSL.)"

This isn't the first time Slimane has been upset with Horyn; he called her a "schoolyard bully" on Twitter following the critic's review of his debut collection for YSL.

Aside from tweeting up a storm, Slimane has been soaking up the L.A. lifestyle and hanging out with Mariah Carey while the fashion industry waits for his next move.

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