It finally happened, and, no, it’s not an April Fools’ Day prank. After being dogged by constant rumors that he was leaving the house — and a persistent refrain that Anthony Vaccarello would be his successor — Hedi Slimane has exited Saint Laurent, per a statement released this morning by parent company Kering. It would certainly explain the finality of his two-part collection this past season, with one taking place at a rollicking L.A. venue complete with live bands, and the other in a silent presentation at the house’s new couture atelier.
“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” said Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault in a statement. (Note that he reverted to the original name of the house, rather than Slimane’s renamed Saint Laurent Paris, which is telling.) “I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”
So, what’s next for Slimane? Could he be headed for the plum Dior spot? Chanel? Another house? Or perhaps some downtime in L.A. pursuing his photography avocation? Watch this space.
Click through the slideshow to see the best of Slimane’s four-year output at Saint Laurent.