After the rumours going around since last year, it was announced on Friday morning that Hedi Slimane is leaving Saint Laurent after four years.
After seven years at Dior Homme, the French-born fashion designer and photographer joined the label as creative director in March 2012 and started a ‘revolution’; he changed the name in Saint Laurent, created unisex designs, and brought a youthful, edgy and rock-chic atmosphere to the house, making it one of the most successful and influential brands in the world.
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief of Kering, the luxury company that owns Saint Laurent, said in a statement: ‘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.’
The president and CEO of YSL Francesca Bellettini also commented on the news, thanking Slimane for his contribution: ‘I would like to thank Hedi Slimane very much for his vision in reforming such an iconic House of YSL. 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.’
Now we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for the designer and the fashion house. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it is rumoured that Italian-Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello, who is currently Versus Versace’s creative director, will replace Slimane at Saint Laurent.