The former Versus Versace creative director is set to succeed Hedi Slimane With fashion, change is always in the air; it’s evolving all the time. The latest evolution is within the iconic fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. On Monday, YSL announced that Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello will replace Hedi Slimane (who stepped down last week) as creative director. Rumors of the change have been circling since January. Slimane exits Saint Laurent after helming a staggering 37.4 % growth over his 4 year tenure. Before the career switch, Vaccarello worked at Fendi, and was the creative director of his own brand. However, he is probably most known for being at the helm of Versus Versace (the edgier, funkier, and younger, version of Versace) for the past year. Versus Versace is becoming a career stepping stone for designers; it is no surprise Vaccarello was poached by YSL from it. About Vaccarello’s resignation, Donatella Versace had nothing but kind words saying, “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter.” Speaking of kind words, according to Dazed, Francesca Bellettini, president and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, had more so say. She said, “(He) 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.” According to the NYT, Vaccarello will be overseeing women’s wear, men’s wear, the couture line revived by Slimane, and the overall image of the brand. Vaccarello will present his first line with YSL in October at Paris Fashion Week. No one is expecting a complete rebranding (a la Slimane), however, the bar is set pretty high, and there is plenty of pressure for Vaccarello to surpass it. He must build onto a legacy, and that is no easy task.
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