Wednesday, March 7th — Since YSL announced departure of Stefano Piliati after eight years, there have been several rumors that Hedi Slimane would take the reigns as creative director for the iconic label. Solace came via press release early this morning from YSL and PPR:
Yves Saint Laurent and PPR announce today the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Creative Director of the maison Yves Saint Laurent. Slimane will assume total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections. In parallel with this new position, he will continue to pursue his career in photography.
Hedi Slimane thus returns to the fashion house where he was Artistic Director of Menswear until 2000.
“Hedi Slimane’s exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison”, said Paul Deneve, Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent.
François-Henri Pinault, PPR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added, “As one of the most important French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent today possesses formidable potential, which I am confident will be successfully harnessed and revealed through the vision of Hedi Slimane.”
Slimane, who served at YSL previously as head of menswear has a new task cut out in womenswear. He has toyed around in the past by altering garments for women, but never a full fledged collection. Resort will be his first collection and is slated to be shown in June. Stefano Pilati showed his final collection this past Monday in Paris and used a metaphoric motif, a calla lily, which signifies rebirth.