The era of Hedi Slimane is over, at least as far as Yves Saint Laurent is concerned. Kering, the owner of the luxury house, made the announcement today that Slimane and YSL had parted ways.
“At the end of a four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand, the Maison Yves Saint Laurent announces the departure of Hedi Slimane as its creative and image director,’’ as statement said. Slimane did not comment in the statement, and nothing was mentioned about his successor. Anthony Vaccarello and Jonathan Saunders have been spoken of when discussions turn to what’s next at YSL.
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of the Kering Group, said: “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.”
Slimane was the creative director for Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007.