The fashion house Yves Saint Laurent (group Kering) announced Friday the departure of Hedi Slimane, its creative director and picture for four years. “A new creative organization for the house will be announced in due course,” said a statement from the luxury group and clothing. On the Tunisian and Italian origin, Hedi Slimane, 47, had succeeded in March 2012 at the Italian Stefano Pilati to assume the overall artistic direction of the brand and all Yves Saint Laurent collections. Two months after his appointment, he had renamed the ready-to-wear collections “Saint-Laurent Paris” as they were previously sold under the brand “Yves Saint Laurent”.
Since his appointment, he operated “a complete repositioning of the brand” which “gave new life and open a new chapter in the history of one of the great French fashion houses,” yet says Kering Friday. “Taking the last four years towards is a great base on which to build the sustainable success of the brand,” said Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, quoted in the statement.
“A unique chapter in the history of the House”
“It has accomplished Yves Saint Laurent last four years will remain as a unique chapter in the history of the House”, for his part said François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, also parent company of Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Boucheron or Puma.
initially formed the classics, Hedi Slimane has experienced very rapid fame in the late 1990s, revolutionizing menswear offering an androgynous figure and ultra-modern, with its famous dark and narrow suits, jackets with shortened. Arrived in 1997 at the head of men’s collections for Yves Saint Laurent, the designer brown with blue eyes, photography enthusiast, had left crowned with success in early 2000 after the acquisition of the brand by the Italian Gucci and the arrival of stylist Tom Ford home. It was then the artistic director of menswear collections at Dior from 2000 to 2007. He sewed it in small quantities, narrow suits that women tore. He had moved to Los Angeles after his departure from Dior. Widely copied by the ready-to-wear brands worldwide, it imposed the slim pants, which experienced a massive craze including women.