Hedi Slimane is leaving Saint Laurent for a second time, the brand has confirmed.
Rumors the designer was planning to exit his post as creative director had been rife for months, and the label has now revealed he is in fact stepping down. Slimane first departed Saint Laurent in 2000 for a post at Dior Homme, then returned in 2012 to replace Stefano Pilati.
Parent company Kering explains his exit comes after a “four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand.”
“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, explained in a joint statement alongside Saint Laurent.
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.
Yves Saint Laurent chief executive Francesca Bellettini also shared her thanks, praising Slimane’s efforts in creating an “incredible foundation” for the brand to continue from.
Now attention turns to who will be replacing the fashion icon, with Anthony Vaccarello already being hotly tipped to step into Slimane’s shoes. His fame in the field grew after he was enlisted to helm Donatella Versace’s brand Versus in 2015.
Slimane’s last show for Saint Laurent was on March 7 (16) as part of Paris Fashion Week. It had an intimate feel, staging the presentation at the fashion house’s Rue de l’Université couture salons with no music as he paid homage to the ’80s. Leather was the centre of attention, with one black jacket emblazoned with silver stars, while another girl looked effortlessly cool in a leather jumpsuit boasting metallic embellishment on the top.