It`s Authorities, HediSlimane Is Leaving Yves Saint Laurent
After months of rumors, Yves Saint Laurent and Kering verified in a joint statement today that the designer will be leaving his function as innovative director of YSL.
This follows a program in Paris last month where Slimane chose to expose the AW16 collection in a surprisingly intimate method with a significantly minimized visitor list of editors in chief only, triggering the industry to speculate that the program would be his last for your home.
'What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the previous 4 years represents a special chapter in the history of your house. I am really grateful to HediSlimane, and the entire Yves Saint Laurent team, for having actually set the course that your house has successfully embraced, and which will grant long life to this legendary brand name,' the chairman and CEO of Kering, Fran ois-Henri Pinault said in a statement.
Kering said Slimane's exit comes to the end of a 'four-year mission, which has led to a complete repositioning of the brand name.' Some may state repositioning is an understatement.
When Slimane signed up with the house in 2012, he immediately started controversy when he adjusted the brand's famous name, changing it from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent, and revealed a boldly rock and roll, commercial aesthetic.
It offered well. Last year, the brand's sales enhanced 26 %. And since joining your house in 2012, sales have grown from 253.7 million in 2011 to 973.6 million in 2015.
Francesca Bellettini, chief executive of YSL, said, 'the instructions that has been taken over the last 4 years represents an amazing foundation for the brand to construct on for its constant success.’
The announcement is barely a surprise.
Editors had actually been questioning Slimane's future with your home for months, with speculation reaching a peak at his splashy AW16 men's program in Los Angeles with a stellar audience that included Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz.
And when Slimane decided to remove his trademark rock-and-roll production altogether in favor of a quieter (actually: there was no music, only an MC revealing each look by number), smaller, beauty salon discussion for a curveball women's couture program weeks later in Paris, some in the industry ended up being persuaded the move was his grand ending.
So who will be up next?
All eyes appear to be on Anthony Vaccarello, the Italian designer Donatella Versace tapped to take the helm at Versus last January who Women's Wear Daily reports is anticipated to begin on May 1. But for now, we wait. In its declaration, Kering stated, 'a brand-new innovative organization for the House will be communicated in due course.’