Saint Laurent "does not comment on rumours" according to a spokesperson when asked this week by WWD, serving only to add more fuel to the fire - could Hedi Slimane, credited with reviving the house since he took the top job in 2012, be about to deliver his final show?

Sources say Slimane and Kering, who own Saint Laurent, are yet to reach an agreement on the renewal of the designer's contract, to the extent that Kering have already got their eye on his replacement - none other than Versus creative director and Donatella Versace favourite Anthony Vaccarello - a man famed for an aesthetic that's widely regarded as a sexier, more sophisticated (and perhaps more Kering friendly?) version of Slimane's gritty chic.

Is Hedi Slimane really leaving Saint Laurent?

Slimane's time at the helm of Saint Laurent has delivered landmark sales and largely acclaimed collections, although he has also been criticised for sending out the same looks time and time again and lacking a certain polish.

Just this week, Saint Laurent cancelled their January 24 men's collection show in Paris and announced that they would instead show in Los Angeles (where Slimane lives) on February 10, as part of a last-minute Saint Laurent at the Palladium event. Read into that what you will...

Is Hedi Slimane really leaving Saint Laurent?