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To the Haters: Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent Sells Just Fine

Hedi Slimane via Getty
Hedi Slimane via Getty

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The first Saint Laurent collection under Hedi Slimane's is selling pretty darn well, according to a New York Times profile. Barneys New York has "sold 60 percent of its spring order at full price as of last week, including that $14,000 dress," naysayers and flack slingers be damned, and other stores listed similar high selling points.

The fall collection, an ode to grunge, managed to be slightly more divisive than Hedi's first collection. Yet Courtney Love, one of many faces of the fall collection, might have had a prescient insight when she told Fashion Law, "I love that rich ladies are going to pay a fortune to look like we used to look when we had nothing." That fortune, FYI, includes sweaters costing from $1,500 to $2,000 and dresses from $1,990 to $3,990. So whether people will buy the dresses because of the label, as Cathy Horyn bitingly maintains, or because Hedi actually has an ear to ground on what people want to wear, shoppers are showing their support with their credit cards.
· Mr. Provocative [New York Times]
· Courtney Love Is the New Face of Saint Laurent. Because the '90s. [Racked]
· Saint Laurent: 20 Years Later, Grunge Is a Selling Point [Racked]