Chanel has quashed rumours that Hedi Slimane is set to join his close friend Karl Lagerfeld at the French fashion house.
Reports began circulating recently to suggest that the former Saint Laurent creative director could be coming on board to head up a Chanel menswear line.
"The house of Chanel has no projects with Hedi Slimane," the company said in a statement to WWD, adding, "Chanel doesn't work on the launch of a Chanel menswear collection."
Lagerfeld and Slimane have long been friends; the former famously lost a significant amount of weight in 2000 and 2001, primarily so that he could fit into the slimline suits that Slimane was designing for Dior Homme at the time - telling WWD: "It's all about the clothes". Lagerfeld continues to wear jackets designed exclusively for him by Slimane.
Since leaving Saint Laurent, where he was creative director of womenswear for four years, Slimane has chosen to focus on his career as a photographer; another passion both men share.
While Lagerfeld often designs the odd menswear look as part of his elaborate Chanel catwalk shows, it seems there are no plans to make it a more permanent fixture. For now.
Via Harper's Bazaar UK