CONFIRMED: Anthony Vaccarello Takes Creative Director Helm At Yves Saint Laurent

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We reported it in various posts here, here and here and was 100% correct. Belgain designer Anthony Vaccarello has been named creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, replacing Hedi Slimane. The house and Kering confirmed the news today. Vaccarello will present his first collection for the luxury house in October at Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2017.

“I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent,” said Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves 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. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.”

François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, added: “I am very proud to welcome such a vivid and young force among today’s creative fashion talents to 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. Together with the entire Yves Saint Laurent team, Anthony Vaccarello will strongly contribute to the maison’s growing accomplishments.”

“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.”

Earlier today, we also reported that Anthony Vaccarello has officially left his role as creative director of Versus Versace (see it here). In January 2015, Italian fashion designer and current Vice President of the Versace Group, as well as its Chief Designer, Donatella Versace named Anthony Vaccarello creative director of Versace‘s sister line,Versus (see it here).

Vaccarello’s successor at Versus Versace has not yet been announced.

Vaccarello subsequently went on to work at Fendi and in 2009 launched his namesake collection in Paris.

Vaccarello, 33, is only the fourth ready-to-wear designer at YSL. Successors to the legendary couturier, who retired from fashion in 2002 and died in 2008 at the age of 71, also included Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford.

Photos Credit: Getty Images 

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