14 April 2010

Rumours buffet YSL

Like a ladder through your brand new tights, rumours start to spread quickly in the biz we like to call fashwan. Take earlier this week for example – after Stefano Pilati, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent didn’t make an appearance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera Gala, (known as YSL's biggest event of the year in America, and usually a fixed date in its calendar) tongues promptly started wagging.

After six years as designer, Mr Pilati's position at the classically elegant French brand is the latest to be dogged by the fashion rumour mill. His last collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year received mixed reviews from the fashion press, although there's no denying his foxy shoes and handbags remain a huge hit (Pilati's previous position at YSL – while Tom Ford was in charge of the brand - was head of accessories).  

However, the company were quick to respond to the whispers in order to stamp out any speculation, insisting that Pilati will be in New York for the Costume Institute Gala on May 3. Valérie Hermann, the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent in America, apologised on his behalf;

Stefano Pilati, YSL’s creative director, has asked me to convey how sorry he is not to be able to join us tonight [at the Opera Gala], and sends his very best wishes from Paris, where he is busy with the coming collection, “ she said, adding “somebody still has to work in this company.”

 

Another consequence of this unexpected absence on Mr Pilati’s part was a lonely, dull evening for poor actress and hipster/muse Chloe Sevigny, who said “I came to hang out with Stefano and now he’s not here so I’m kind of disappointed.” Tsk, Stefano, it's one thing to be busy working on your collection, but standing up your girl chums?

Meanwhile, Sevigny's sexy black YSL jumpsuit, designed by the absent Pilati, was probably the best retort to all those rumours.

- Naomi Attwood


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