French couturier Yves Saint Laurent released a statement today announcing the departure of Hedi Slimane as its Creative and Image Director.
Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent and Francois-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, thank Slimane for his past four years’ work as the creative mastermind driving the luxury maison.
“I would like to thank Hedi Slimane very much for his vision in reforming such an iconic House as Yves Saint Laurent. The direction that has been taken over the last four years represents an incredible foundation for the Brand to build on for its continuous success,” says Bellettini.
Pinault agreed: “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the House. I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the House has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary Brand.”
While Kering stated that “a new creative organization for the House will be communicated in due course,” it’s been largely speculated in the past few months that Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello would likely be Slimane’s successor.