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Hedi Slimane Denies Rumors That He's Launching a Namesake Label

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Hedi Slimane

The former Saint Laurent creative director has hired legal counsel to shut down the gossip.

Press-shy designer Hedi Slimane isn't one to comment on rumors in the media. To do that, he's hired a lawyer. 

The former Saint Laurent creative director, whose name has popped up in headlines left and right over his highly anticipated next move, posted a statement from his attorney on Twitter on Wednesday morning denying the rumor that he has an eponymous label in the works. 

"For the record, Hedi Slimane has never had in the past, let alone now, the intention or desire to launch a brand under his name, and therefore denies recent rumors (including in WWD) of alleged encounters with investors, in Paris or Doha, where in fact Hedi Slimane has never been," reads the statement from Slimane's lawyer, Maitre Herve Temime. 

Though the statement does not address the exact reason for his departure from Saint Laurent (per an agreement with Kering), he does use the space to officially acknowledge his gratitude to the Saint Laurent family, including studio and couture ateliers, seamstresses and Pierre Berge, Yves Saint Laurent's longtime partner who championed Slimane during his four-year tenure at the helm of the French fashion house.

Aside from the denial of a namesake label, the designer's next move is not revealed — but that hasn't stopped curious minds from putting forth their best guesses. Just yesterday, a new rumor began swirling that Slimane is being groomed to takeover for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel — a speculation which was fueled by the fact that the Kaiser was seen wearing a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane jacket at Chanel's 2017 cruise show in Cuba. The madness never stops.

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