Yves Saint Laurent have just announced the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent. ‘Slimane will assume total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections,’ the statement confirms.
There have long been rumours that Slimane is lined up to fill Stefano Pilati's shoes. The appointment signals a return to the fashion house where the Paris-born designer was Artistic Director of Menswear until 2000.
Slimane then took up the role as head of design at Dior Homme, where he single-handedly made the world lust for his slim suits and inspired Karl Lagerfeld to lose half his bodyweight. Slimane left Dior in 2007 to pursue his passion for furniture design and photography in LA. YSL have confirmed that 'in parallel with this new position, he will continue to pursue his career in photography.'
‘Hedi Slimane’s exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison’, said Paul Deneve, Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent, this morning.
François-Henri Pinault, PPR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added, 'As one of the most important French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent today possesses formidable potential, which I am confident will be successfully harnessed and revealed through the vision of Hedi Slimane.'
As Grazia’s Paula Reed commented last week, ‘he'll probably be very much at home in the house of the tuxedo’ and we can't wait to see what he comes up with.
So let's hear your thoughts on this latest installment in the game of designer snakes and ladders...