Another day, another loss in the world of high fashion. Today it was confirmed that Hedi Slimane is making a second exit from his role as creative director of Saint Laurent Paris.
Sources said that Slimane’s initial contract with the luxury fashion house expired on Thursday. “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” said chairman and chief executive of parent brand Kering, François-Henri Pinault. “I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”
Hedi Slimane, who initially worked as the designer for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Homme in the late 90s, made his mark with a retro, rock ‘n’ roll-inspired aesthetic and mostly monochrome campaigns featuring a cast of music personalities and edgy models.
Widely expected to replace Slimane is Italian-Belgian fashion designer Anthony Vaccarello who would ideally start as soon as May 1st, just in time for the spring 2017 Paris shows.
33-year-old Vaccarello has already recently been recruited by Donatella Versace for the reboot of her Versus brand and if he joined YSL he would be the brand’s 4th ready-to-wear designer, following on from Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford.
All the best to Slimane.