Looks like the rumours were true. It's just been confirmed today that Saint Laurent's sometimes controversial creative director Hedi Slimane will be leaving his post. The news was released by Saint Laurent and Kering in a joint statement today.
"What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house," said François-Henri Pinault, Kering CEO and chairman. "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."
Pinault credits photographer/designer Slimane for successfully completing a "four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand." Slimane not only drove huge profits for the brand, he also ushered in a cool, unaffected rock-star aesthetic to the label by aligning it with up-and-coming musicians, models and actors.
It is widely suspected that his successor will be Anthony Vaccarello. No word yet on where Slimane will head to, but there's one very empty spot at Dior....