It is official: Anthony Vaccarello will succeed Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent after news of Slimane's departure was announced last Friday. Vaccarello will begin his new role as creative director effective immediately, overseeing womenswear, menswear and the couture collections as announced in the official statement.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house. Mr. Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity," said the 36-year-old Italian-Belgian designer.

"I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent," said Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent. "His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success."

Vaccarello will present his first collection for the French luxury house in October for spring/summer 2017 during Paris Fashion Week.