Breaking : Hedi Slimane Leaves YSL

And so it happened. For months of speculation, Hedi Slimane has left YSL after the house confirmed the designers departure via press release.

Stating that, “at the end of a four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand, the Maison Yves Saint Laurent announces the departure of Hedi Slimane as its creative and image director.”

A statement issued from the company by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering François-Henri Pinault said:

“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” also crediting Slimane with completely repositioning the Yves Saint Laurent brand. “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.”

Having spent the last four years as creative and image director of Yves Saint Laurent, Slimane also served as designer of its Rive Gauche Homme collection in the late 90s. According to reports, the decision was finally reached after the designer and the company failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Slimane’s existing contract expired Thursday.

Read the rest of the breaking story on Vogue.