After a weekend of speculation and officially departing from Versus Versace on Saturday, designer Anthony Vaccarello has been appointed as the new creative director to replace Hedi Silmane at Saint Laurent. The long rumored appointment was confirmed by Kering, the fashion group that owns the French Fashion house. "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."
His name first surfaced as a possible replacement for Hedi Slimane in January. He deflected the gossip as “a rumor” in March at his last show during Paris Fashion Week, which was marked by a combination of body-baring asymmetric lacing and leather that reflected his penchant for 1980s rock ’n’ roll—an aesthetic that may connect to that of Mr. Slimane’s Saint Laurent line. The 36-year-old Vaccarello, known for the sexuality pervasive looks throughout his collections has been at Versus Versace since 2013. Initially as a guest designer before being named creative director last September. She has also overseen his own eponymous label since 2009. However, he will suspend his namesake line to devote himslef fully to Saint Laurent. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house," Vaccarello said in a statement, calling founder Yves Saint Laurent as a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity.
Certainly, he is not expected to carry out another wholesale reinvention of the house in the manner of Hedi Slimane, who redesigned not only the stores but also the furniture in the stores, photographed the ad campaigns himself, and suprisingly dropped the “Yves” from the name of the ready-to-wear line. Unlike Mr. Slimane, who based himself in Los Angeles, Mr. Vaccarello is based in Paris and will be responsible for women’s wear, men’s wear and the couture line. Whether he intends to continue Slimane's rebellious, rocker legacy at the label or branch out in a totally new direction, as for now, how do you think he’ll do as the new creative director for Saint Laurent?
Anthony Vaccarello will debut his first collection for Saint Laurent this October for the 2017 spring/summer season.