Designer Anthony Vaccarello has been named as Creative Director for Saint Laurent upon confirmation that Hedi Slimane would leave the brand after four years and the Italian-Belgian designer would be his replacement.
At the time of the announcement, Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Saint Laurent, complimented the designer. "Its modern and pure aesthetic is perfect for the maison," she said. “She balances elements of provocative femininity with perfect, masculine silhouettes, impeccably. He is the natural decision to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent”.
Vaccarello, for his part, said that Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, is “a legendary figure for his creativity, style and boldness. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.”
Before taking the job, Vaccarello had been working at Versus Versace where he was named creative director in September last year. "Although I am sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish him every success in his new chapter," Donatella Versace said of her departure.
In 2009 Vaccarello founded his own brand, in which he has continued working until today. The designer has said that he will suspend this line to "dedicate himself completely to Saint Laurent," according to a representative of the brand.
You will now be responsible for managing the brand's women's, men's and couture collections, as well as overseeing your image.
Vaccarello will present his first collection for Saint Laurent in October 2016, in Paris, during the spring / summer 2017 catwalks.