Upate (04/04): After a whole lot of speculation, Anthony Vaccarello has been confirmed as the new creative director at Yves Saint Laurent. WWD reports that the designer is due to start immediately, and that his first collection for the house will be S/S17, shown in October. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house," the designer said in a statement, adding that Yves Saint Laurent was "a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity."
Kering stated that Vaccarello's eponymous line would be put on hold for the time being while he focused on his responsibilities to the house. YSL's president and CEO Francesca Bellettini said Vaccarello is a "perfect fit" for the label and that 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."
We can't wait to see what he has in store. #HurryUpOctober
Original story (04/04): The fashion rumour mill has been in overdrive ever since whispers began late last year that Hedi Slimane was preparing to leave Saint Laurent after four years at the helm. That news was confirmed on Friday, and it's largely believed by those in-the-know that Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello will be named as his replacement this week. Adding fuel to the fire, Vaccarello announced yesterday he was leaving Versus Versace, where he has served as creative director for just over a year. Kering, the parent company that owns Yves Saint Laurent, released a statement across the weekend saying only, "A new creative organisation for the House will be communicated in due course." Donatella is remaining similarly coy about Vaccarello's replacement at Versus, telling the New York Times that she will be "surprising everybody" with her announcement. And so the game of designer musical chairs continues... - Maddison Glendinning