This just in: Yves Saint Laurent’s parent company, Kering, has confirmed that creative director Hedi Slimane is stepping down. Rumors have been swirling for months that Slimane, who joined Yves Saint Laurent in 2012, would leave the house following complications with his contract. More recent talk suggests that Anthony Vaccarello will assume the role, but Slimane's successor has not yet been named.
According to a statement from Kering, issued this morning:
At the end of a four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand, the Maison Yves Saint Laurent announces the departure of Hedi Slimane as its Creative and Image Director.
Since March 2012, under the creative helm of Hedi Slimane, the House has enjoyed a holistic reform that has brought back its utmost modernity and fashion authority, while keeping alive and respecting the original vision of Mr Saint Laurent. This repositioning has granted a new life and a new story to one of the most important French Couture Houses, with undisputed success.