Hedi Slimane to leave YSL?


Hedi Slimane may be leaving Saint Laurent via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk
The irony of life is in its moments because sometimes they can overlap in the most unpredictable fashion. Last December I had a conversation about Yves Saint Laurent with somebody pretty special, somebody who actually knew him as well as Hedi Slimane. That chat was the final dose of love that cemented my affection for Saint Laurent protege and his thoughts, loyalty and care towards Yves, Pierre Berge and the iconic house, which was, in a way, their love child.

Yes, it is true that I had doubts about his reinvention of the couture collection - and I still do, but apart from that I've always had a lot of respect for this man, his photography, designs and vision often misunderstood because seeing the real deal beyond the torn tights and bright make-up would require peeling off the cliche of "prim and proper taste" - in other words, breaking dusty stereotypes, something we aren't always prepared to do. 

It was only yesterday when I re-read an interview with Slimane - and once again it moved me to tears, so when the news about his possible departure from the house flashed before my eyes this morning, I suddenly felt an already familiar (2015 was a rubbish year for fashion biggest losses) sense of emptiness. According to WWD Kering may be preparing to part ways with the Saint Laurent designer and even more - might have already found a replacement in Anthony Vaccarello, the Versus/Versace creative director known for his edgy, sexy, slit-up-to-there designs. 

Looks like we may be facing yet another shift within the industry and empty chair to be filled.... To say that it makes me feel sad would be an undestatement. I am also wondering how, should the changes take place, Vaccarrello would manage three labels simultaneously since these days it's not just about the process of designing, but the social media, interviews, publicity and, most importantly successful profit margins... A balancing act like this seems like a very tricky position to find yourself in... 


  1. When I saw the title of this post, my immediate reaction was devastation. I haven't loved everything that Hedi Slimane has done at Yves Saint-Laurent and all the name changes have, I admit, been utterly confusing but I can't think of anyone else who could have done what he did with the collections and I hope - hope, hope, hope - that he will stay on.

  2. One can only hope that this would be a rumor like in the past but from what I've read, this time it appears like it might be true.

  3. I shouldn't be shocked but still will be sad if he leaves. It's permanent change I guess!


  4. Managing three brands and all that entails would be very tricky...

  5. wow! so many pending changes in the fashion industry!

    Have a great day!
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  6. i have heard mixed feelings on this--some that are glad and many, like you, that are saddened by his departure.

  7. I was skeptical when he came to the helm, but I love what he has created!
    the world of fashion is such a roller coaster!
    xx, Elle

  8. There have been a lot of changes in the industry. It will be interesting to see what comes.