Hedi Slimane Has Officially Left Saint Laurent

by Stephanie Maida · April 1, 2016

The next victim (or victor?) in the ever-playing game of fashion's musical chairs, is, as we've all suspected for some time, Hedi Slimane. The wide-eyed, rock star-esque, ghoulish designer who notoriously transformed the traditional "YSL" into the edgy "Saint Laurent" was rumored to be leaving all year, with whispers of Anthony Vaccarello waiting in the wings.

Today, in a statement released by the house's parent company, Kering, CEO Fran├žois-Henri Pinault officially announced Slimane's departure. He continued, "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." Notice how he referred to the label as its original name and not Slimane's recent update. #Drama? 

Nevertheless, we expect big things from the designer in the future and we're anxious to see where he goes next...and whether or not Vaccarello will indeed be his successor. In the mean time though, we can still look to Slimane's last collection for some major '80s vibes and night-out inspiration. Chic.


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