Like Yves Saint Laurent before him, Hedi Slimane has often looked outside of Paris for inspiration. For Saint Laurent, it was Marrakech. For Slimane, it is the West Coast. Through a series of tweets yesterday, the brand announced that its autumn/winter 2016 menswear collection and “part 1” of its women’s collection is going to be presented in Los Angeles on 10 February. The label described the event as “a tribute to the strong music scene in LA.”

This isn’t exactly a surprise move from Slimane, who has been a champion of the LA music scene for years. The designer has lived in the city since 2008, and moved the Saint Laurent studio from Paris to the sunnier shores in 2012.

California has remained a huge inspiration for Slimane. In November 2011, Slimane put on a photography exhibition at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, appropriately called “California Song.” Numerous LA musicians have featured in Saint Laurent ad campaigns before, including Staz Lindes and her brother Misha (children of the Dire Straits guitarist Hal). So we wouldn’t be surprised if the runway and front row are full of the musically inclined.

This year marks an important milestone for the designer, in that it is the tenth anniversary of his photo blog, the “Hedi Slimane Diary,” much of which documents the music scene in LA.

Slimane isn’t the only designer who is drawn to the sun-soaked allure of California. Last May, Nicholas Ghesquiere presented Louis Vuitton’s 2016 Cruise collection in the Palm Springs desert, and Tom Ford took his AW15 show to LA last February. The Saint Laurent show will be held at the Hollywood Palladium, an art deco-style building that has been host to all the big names in music, from the Rolling Stones to Prince. Also, with the event taking place five days before the Grammys, we have our bets on Saint Laurent dressing the music extravaganza’s numerous attendees.

This announcement comes amid speculation of Hedi Slimane’s imminent departure from the brand. Various sources, including WWD, alleges that Slimane has failed to reach an agreement about the renewal of his contract, naming Versus Versace creative director Anthony Vaccarello as a potential successor. When we asked, a representative for Saint Laurent said it “does not comment on rumours.”

“Saint Laurent at the Palladium” will be presented in LA on 10 February 2016.

Text by Prudence Wade