Yves Saint Laurent Names New Creative Director | Hedi Slimane Succeeds Stefano Pilati

Posted on: Mar 8

Yves Saint Laurent Rive GaucheYves Saint Laurent has officially named Hedi Slimane as its new creative director following Stefano Pilati's last stand at Paris Fashion Week.

When news of Pilati's departure hit the media Slimane was tipped to take on the role, but an official statement has confirmed the news. His appointment makes a lot of sense for the leading fashion brand. He understands the label well after serving as its artistic director of menswear for several years. He left Yves Saint Laurent in 2000, but it seems the fashion house is welcoming him back with open arms.

"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, Yves Saint Laurent's chief executive officer.

Slimane's role sees him assuming total creative control of Yves Saint Laurent's image and all its future collections. He will complete these duties while continuing his burgeoning photography career. It seems likely then that we'll see Slimane shooting many of the brand's advertisements in future.

It's refreshing to see a fashion house wasting no time to make a formal announcement, but it makes a lot of sense. Now we can stop the speculation and start anticipating Slimane's first line for YSL, rumored to be a resort collection in June. Perhaps it's time Christian Dior followed its lead and named Galliano's successor!

[Source: Fashionista]
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