It feels as if only yesterday that we applauded about Slimane’s marketing prowess and how he use it to amplify Saint Laurent’s reverberation in fashion industry—because it was literally just yesterday. Today, however, it has been officially announced that Hedi Slimane will leave the Parisian fashion house, for the second time.
Previously working for the house in the late nineties, Slimane left to pursue photography and art-making before returning back to the house five years later before finally taking over as creative director in 2012. Sources said Slimane’s contract as Saint Laurent’s creative and image director expired on Thursday. “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said to WWD in a joint statement with Saint Laurent to.
Slimane’s departure sure leaves public wondering regarding who his successor would be. However, it’s been widely expected to be Anthony Vaccarello, with a start date as soon as May 1 – in time for the spring 2017 shows in Paris this fall. As for Slimane himself, it seems likely that he plans a break, retreating into the life he has kept private while living in L.A. Therefore, we might as well bid adieu to the fashion mogul, and look forward to the new era of Saint Laurent.