There were rumors of Hedi Slimane leaving Saint Laurent in January but the brand’s PR team said he hadn’t. Now Kering, the parent company of Saint Laurent and many other French fashion brands, has announced that Hedi Slimane will resign as creative director of Saint Laurent.
According to an article on Fashionista, Kering announced that Hedi Slimane will be resigning as creative director or Saint Laurent after posting photos on its social media accounts of photography campaigns featuring Jane Birkin, Cara Delevingne, and photos of the Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 16/17 collection, Slimane’s last collection for the brand.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, released a statement in which he says, “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 also called Slimane’s work and what he has done for Saint Laurent “an undisputed success.”
In January there were rumors that Slimane would be resigning as creative director of Saint Laurent because he hadn’t renewed his contract with the brand. When asked about the rumors, the brand’s PR team said Slimain wouldn’t be leaving the brand.
About a week later there were rumors that Anthony Vaccarello would replace Slimane because his contract still hadn’t been renewed and Vaccarello had reportedly been in talks with Saint Laurent.
Now, as Kering announces Slimane’s resignation, people still think Vaccarello could replace Slimane, according to Fashionista. There are also rumors that Slimane could replace Karl Lagerfeld when he resigns at Chanel. We’ll just have to wait and see.
It will be interesting to see collections during fashion week this September as Lanvin barely announced that Bouchra Jarrar has replaced Alber Elbaz. Though, they still need someone to work on its menswear collections and Dior still hasn’t found anyone to replace Raf Simons.
There might be some collections that people don’t like, given the negative reviews that were given to Lanvin’s latest collection and the fact that no celebrities attended Dior’s haute couture show, but the collections from these brands should still be interesting. Though, Saint Laurent should still find someone to replace Slimane soon.
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