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Many have been critical of Hedi Slimane‘s debut show for Celine, and now the designer is firing back. In response to those who accused him of misogyny, as a number of his models wore short skirts, Slimane calls his critics conservative and puritanical, going so far as to suggest there was a homophobic undertone.

WWD reports that during last night’s broadcast on his program “5 Minutes de Mode by Loïc Prigent” on France’s TMC channel, journalist Loïc Prigent showcased some of the more outlandish reactions to Slimane’s Celine debut. Following, he featured quotes from Hedi himself in response to the backlash.

“It’s always very jarring and I always feel like people are talking about someone else. Besides, the spirit of the show was light and joyful, but lightness and insouciance are being called into question these days. I’ve already been through this at Saint Laurent,” Slimane was quoted as saying.

“You’re dealing with politics, conflicts of interest, cliques, a predictable attitude, but also staggering exaggerations of conservatism and puritanism. Violence is a reflection of our time – the rabble-rousing spirit of social networks, despite the fact that they are a formidable community tool. There are no longer any limits, hatred is amplified and takes over.”

The designer then went on to speak about the length of his evening dress, adding, “Does this mean women are no longer free to wear miniskirts if they wish? The comparisons to Trump are opportunistic, rather bold and fairly comical, just because the young women in my show are liberated and carefree. They are free to dress as they see fit.”

“For some in America, I also have the poor taste of being a man who is succeeding a woman. You could read into that a subtext of latent homophobia that is quite surprising. Is a man drawing women’s collections an issue?” Slimane questioned.

“At the end of the day, all of this is unexpected publicity for this collection. We didn’t expect as much. Above all, it crystallizes a very French form of anti-conformism and freedom of tone at Celine,” he said.

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