As suspected, Anthony Vaccarello has taken over from Slimane as creative director of YSL. Yep, the news was confirmed yesterday after Vaccarello announced his departure from Versus Versace. Donatella wishes him well: “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter.”
1/4/16: Hedi Slimane is officially set to leave Saint Laurent after four years as the brand’s creative director.
Yep, despite spokespersons for the brand putting paid to the rumours late last year, owner Kering has confirmed the news this week as the designer’s contract with the brand comes to a close.
In a statement earlier this morning, Francois-Henri Pinnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering said: “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house. 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.”
Meanwhile, president and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent Francesca Bellettini added: “I would like to thank Hedi Slimane very much for his vision in reforming such an iconic House as Yves Saint Laurent. The direction that has been taken over the last four years represents an incredible foundation for the Brand to build on for its continuous success.”
Where will Slimane go next? Your guess is as good as ours. Everything has been kept tightly under wraps, but as for his successor, word on the street is that creative director of Versus Versace Anthony Vaccarello will take over at Saint Laurent’s helm. In fact, according to Women’s Wear Daily, Vaccarello will be moving in as soon as May 1st so that he can begin designing the spring/summer 2017 collection in time for October’s Paris show.
Either way, Slimane did a fan-blimmin-tastic job in his “four-year mission” which has “led to a complete repositioning of the brand” and his successor has some pretty big boots to fill.
Bravo, Slimane, bravo.