Anthony Vaccarello Is the New Saint Laurent Creative Director, Exiting Versus Versace

Hedi Slimane’s departure as creative director for Saint Laurent had been speculated for quite some time, but when the news hit on Friday, there was still an element on surprise. The rumor mill had still been circling before this, predicting that Anthony Vaccarello would take his place, and that Slimane would perhaps move on to work with Chanel. Likewise, we were all prepared to do some waiting before hearing further news on the matter: it’s been officially confirmed and Anthony Vaccarello is the new Saint Laurent creative director.

Anthony Vaccarello Is Saint Laurent Creative Director

However, as it turns out it wasn’t a difficult transaction as far as who the new creative director for Saint Laurent would be. It just so happens that Vaccarello will, in fact, be joining the team as Slimane’s successor, leaving one half of the mystery settled. Vaccarello left his position as head of Versus Versace on Monday, ending a three-year stint with Donatella’s label. The designer is 33-years-old and has found success in recent years with both Versus and his own eponymous label.

Slimane’s work with Saint Laurent saw great revenue increase, which was something Vaccarello was able to do for Versus. In his work for the label, the clothes focused on a sexy rocker vibe, much as Slimane did in his, and Vaccarello was also around to see Versus create a new flagship location in New York – the brand’s first venture into the U.S. market. As far as Vaccarello’s namesake, the clothing is created more for the thin, celebrity culture. You’ll find daring looks, complete with hardware and leather, barely-there skirts, and plunging necklines; but of course it has hit big with supermodels and out-there celebs. Both designers clearly have an understanding of what women want from fashion today, and so he seemed a natural choice to be next in line for the seat.

Versace made it clear in a public statement that she supports Vaccarello in his endeavors, and that his leaving the brand would leave no negative feelings on either side of the fence. “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish [him] tremendous success with his next chapter,” she said.

When his departure was announced on Monday, we were left waiting for the next installment, and were soon provided with the missing link hours later on Monday afternoon, when French luxury conglomerate Kering, which owns Saint Laurent, issued a release that conformed Anthony Vaccarello’s placement as creative director of Saint Laurent. Paris Fashion Week in October of this year will be the new designer’s first collection for Saint Laurent, where we will see just how Vaccarello stacks up with Slimane. While we wait for the ready-to-wear spring 2016 line to give us that insight, we can rest easy knowing that the outlook of the designer and conglomerate is positive.

“Mr. Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style, and audacity,” Vaccarello said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.”

President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent Francesca Bellettini added on to his message in the statement. “I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fir for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elemens 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.”

Photo courtesy of @ysl

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