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...