Another one bites the dust: Kering announces the departure of Hedi Slimane from the storied fashion house
After much speculation and rumours, it is official that Hedi Slimane is leaving Yves Saint Laurent. This is Slimane's second departure from the French luxury brand — his first was as the menswear designer for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Homme from 1997 to 2000.
Slimane's four-year stint as Yves Saint Laurent's creative and image director saw him dramatically overhaul the brand with changes ranging from rechristening the label to Saint Laurent to transforming the maison's image and turning the house into the go-to label for rock, grunge and youthful rebellion.
"What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house," said Kering CEO, François-Henri Pinault, "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."
Speculation that the designer would leave the brand sparked after the announcement to move his fall 2016 men's and women's show to Los Angeles and the staging of his second womenswear show in Paris to an intimate crowd at Saint Laurent's Rue de l'Université couture salon.
And while we wait in anticipation to hear who will take his place, Slimane's last collection in March showcasing haute couture that paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent was a memorable farewell gift for the fashion world and his fans.