Anthony Vaccarello Named Hedi Slimane’s Successor at Saint Laurent


Rumors have been circulating for months, but late last week the announcement was officially made that Hedi Slimane is leaving his post as Creative and Image Director at Yves Saint Laurent.

In his four years on the job Slimane was solely responsible for giving YSL a huge lift – bringing couture back, and famously dropping the name Yves on the line’s Ready-to-wear collections. Shifting the brand from sophistication into rock-chic, he initially received criticism - but that quickly turned to praise as sales soared.

Since Slimane’s departure last week new rumors immediately started circulating about Anthony Vaccarello taking over the position at Saint Laurent. Vaccarello then vacated his position after a year as Creative Director at Versus Versace, and this morning it was confirmed that he would be taking over at Saint Laurent.

Anthony Vaccarello will be putting his own line, which he started in 2009, on pause as he concentrates on keeping Saint Laurent at the top of their game. His first line with the brand will be for Spring/Summer 2017, presented this fall at Paris Fashion Week.

“I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent," Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, said after announcing the appointment. "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.”

We can barely wait to see how Anthony Vaccarello transforms Saint Laurent – AND are waiting with baited breath to see where Hedi Slimane ends up next!