Well that was quick.
News spread through the fashion world last week, after what seemed to be months of speculation, of Hedi Slimane’s departure fom Yves Saint Laurent after only 4 years at the brand. Questions regarding what he was going to do next and who will be his successor were rife, with the latter already having been answered today.
In a statement released this afternoon, Kering confirmed that it has appointed Anthony Vaccarello as creative director of Saint Laurent, effective immediately. The 33 year old designer who’s fronted an eponymous label since 2010, was only just recently named creative director at Versus Versace in January.
“While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish [him] tremendous success with his next chapter,” said Donatella Versace in a statement before news of Vaccarello’s appointment to YSL had been released.
President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Francesca Bellettini, had this to say with regards to Vaccarello’s latest role;
‘I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.’
Vaccarello’s first collection for the French fashion house will be presented in October 2016 during Paris Fashion Week as part of the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear season.
In the statement, Vaccarello said, ‘Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.’
UPDATE: The folks over at Fashion & Mash pointed out that YSL, after saying goodbye to Hedi Slimane, took to their social media and like a lover scorned, wiped out its history clean of any and all evidence that Slimane was ever part of the brand. Well, that relationship didn’t end on a high note now did it?