27 February 2012

Stefano Pilati Leaves Yves Saint Laurent - Will Hedi Slimane Return?

Stefano Pilati,Yves Saint Laurent,Hedi Slimane

It's musical chairs in fashion land at the moment. Just five days after Jil Sander announced Raf Simons was leaving the fashion house, there's another designer leaving. Yves Saint Laurent has just revealed that Stefano Pilati will be leaving after his final show in Paris on 5 March 2012.

Pilati has been Creative Director at the French luxury brand since 2004 and as YSL describes, 'has been instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic brand.' 

Commenting on the announcement, Yves Saint Laurent Chief Executive Officer Paul Deneve said ‘We are all at Yves Saint Laurent grateful to Stefano for his important achievements in advancing the mission and success of this historic and treasured fashion house.’

No news yet of where Pilati will be heading, but according to WWD, Hedi Slimane is poised to take his place at Yves Saint Laurent. 'It would be a return engagement for the Paris-born designer, 43, who burst on to the fashion scene in the late Nineties with his modernist, androgynous men’s wear for YSL.' His last position was at Dior Homme before leaving in 2007 to pursue his passion for photography.

And the news inevitably intensifies speculation as to whether Pilati or Simons will take the much-discussed top job at Dior, which has been vacant since John Galliano left almost a year ago.

UPDATE: We've just spoken to Grazia's Style Director Paula Reed, currently show-hopping in Milan, for her verdict on today's news. 'There have been rumours about Stefano being replaced for so long, that I can't help but feel for him,' she tells us. And what of the rumours that Hedi Slimane is set to step up to the job? 'It's very exciting! He's a massive talent, a cult designer who's sure to restore YSL to its former glory. Although Hedi hasn't designed womenswear before, his menswear was so desirable that women were begging for his creations when he was at Dior Homme. And when Karl Lagerfeld lost weight in 2001, his explanation was 'I suddenly wanted to...wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane.' Besides, the tuxedo has always been YSL's signature piece so he's sure to do an amazing job.'

But do tell: what are your thoughts on the switch around?


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