After almost four years at Yves St Laurent, during which time he oversaw a huge turnaround in
fortunes for the fashion company, creative director Hedi Slimane is leaving. Rumours about Slimane's iminent departure have been circling the fashion world for some time, but it was officially confirmed today by Yves St Laurent and their parent company. Kering.
"I would like to thank Hedi Slimane very much for his vision in reforming such an iconic house as Yves Saint Laurent," said Francesca Bellettini, chief executive of 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."
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of the Kering Group, 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."
Slimane's successor is rumoured to be Anthony Vaccarello, of Versus Versace, but no official statement as to Slimane's replacement has been made yet. Whoever takes over, however, has some large and incredibly stylish shoes to fill...
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