Just days after Saint Laurent confirmed that Hedi Slimane had left his post as creative and image director of the French house, the firm confirms the hire of 36-year-old Belgian-born designer Anthony Vaccarello. Prior to being appointed to Saint Laurent, Vaccarello, who is known for his come hither lace-up skirts and sexed up suits, was the creative director of his own house since 2009 and spent three years at Versus Versace.
“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.” Vaccarello's first collection for Saint Laurent will be spring/summer 2017 this October.
“I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent," added Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of the company. "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, continued, “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.”
According to the New York Times, Vaccarello will suspend his eponymous line to "to devote himself fully to Saint Laurent."