Looks like we didn't have to wait long to see who would be Hedi Slimane's successor at Saint Laurent - news just in this morning confirms that Anthony Vaccarello has been named creative director. It's a pretty swift turn of events, considering that Slimane's departure was only announced late last Friday afternoon.
The news was confirmed in a joint statement between Saint Laurent and its owner Kering. "I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent," said Francesca Bellettini, president and CEO of 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."
"Anthony Vaccarello's unique style will greatly express the maison's creative signature and fashion authority, building on the brand's solid foundations, and further developing it to realise its full potential," added Kering chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault.
Belgian-born Vaccarello has spent the last three years designing for Versus Versace, and has been creative director of the brand since 2015. He also designs under his own label, Anthony Vaccarello, where he's known for his sexed-up aesthetic - all immodest hemlines and flesh-baring cuts. Considering how profitable Saint Laurent became under Hedi Slimane, Vaccarello has a lot to live up to.
"Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity," said Vaccarello. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house." Vaccarello's first collection for Saint Laurent will be for S/S '17 show in Paris this October. His replacement at Versus Versace has yet to be announced.