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Men's Fashion Show Takes Skinny Jeans To Painfully Tight, And Skinny, New Heights

These male models looked just about as skinny as a lot of the women runway models. New fad?

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So if you want to be fashionable, start dieting now? And here you thought women's shows were the "skinniest."

Hedi Slimane, the designer known for popularizing skinny jeans and suits for both men and women, brought out a very skinny — ^^ THIS SKINNY ^^ — silhouette on some likewise quite slim male models for the spring 2014 show.


The Saint Laurent show was one of if not THE most highly anticipated of the whole spring 2014 mens' show season, which wrapped up in Paris on Sunday. Editors like Anna Wintour (American Vogue), Franca Sozzani (Italian Vogue), and Emmanuelle Alt (French Vogue), already in Paris for the couture collections, made it a point to stop by the Saint Laurent men's show.

The label has been among the most controversial in recent seasons since the hire of Slimane, who is on a mission to infuse the label with a solidly rock-and-roll-driven aesthetic. Any classically ladylike charm his predecessor Stefano Pilati brought to the women's collections has been replaced with fishnets, black eyeliner, slip dresses, and a lot of stuff that's caused a lot of people to either roll their eyes or recoil in disgust. But Hedi is just getting started. And for men, it's now skinny, skinny, skinny.


Hedi's going to do Hedi whether you like it or not, basically. So why not get with the program?

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That seemed to be the pervading attitude post-show — you can like it or lump it, but it's Hedi Slimane for goodness sake, so you really should like it (even if you couldn't possibly wear it). The industry's old guard may have struggled with his work at first, but to continue admitting so at this point would put them at risk of being the odd ones out. And that really would put their spots on the front row at risk.

He's carving himself a role as the archetypal bad boy that makes your fashion-following heart flutter (and your credit limit blush), one pair of über-skinny leather pants at a time. You don't come away from a Saint Laurent show with mixed feelings: it's shit or it's the shit, and cussing is fair game because the topic at hand is just that edgy. Either side of the coin is great for Slimane and for the Saint Laurent brand, though, because both represent a strong reaction provoked. What more should a provocateur be doing?