Last night, between posting Fashion Week reviews and researching gerbil fur variations — it’s fascinating, trust me — I happened to catch most of “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute.” It was an entertaining and emotional tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s iconic “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance, and featured a terrific lineup of performers and Katy Perry (sorry, gurl).
But as blown away as I was by Stevie Wonder’s stellar rendition of “We Can Work It Out,” there was another person in attendance who had my full attention: It was Hedi Slimane! And he was… smiling! And… laughing! (The jury’s still out on whether he was singing along when the camera was pointed elsewhere, but I choose to believe that happened, too.)
There he was — the brooding, controversial, oft-feuding and generally reclusive Saint Laurent designer, known for his dark, grunge-inspired collections — seated directly behind Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the second row of the theater. The same Hedi Slimane who we usually see looking like this and this — or gah! — this. But last night (which, yes, I realize was filmed a few weeks ago), he looked genuinely happy. One might even say he was beaming.
Based on his campaign stars and industry friends, it’s obvious Slimane is a fan of rock ‘n’ roll music to the core. Maybe it’s time he started going to a few more televised concert specials…