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Anthony Vaccarello confirmed as new Creative Director at YSL

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So it’s all settled, at least for the week. Anthony Vaccarello was confirmed as the new creative director at Saint Laurent, just as rumours had been suggesting all along. Hedi Slimane had chosen not to renew his contract after his four year stint at Saint Laurent was up, this was followed by Versus Versace announcing that their arrangement with Vaccarello had come to an end yesterday and hours later, Francesca Bellettini CEO and president of the French fashion house announced: “I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. 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.” Interestingly it was reverting to the original Yves Saint Laurent label that has caught everyone’s attention. One of Slimane’s first decisions was rebranding YSL into Saint Laurent Paris, while changing its whole look to an edgy street smart one. Does this also mean that a revision of Slimane’s grungy aesthetic is on the cards? Only time will tell. “Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity," said Vaccarello in a statement. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.” Vaccarello, a Belgian-Italian designer schooled at the La Cambre in Brussels had worked under Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi before founding his own label in 2009. While not many are familiar with his name, his designs are not new to the Red Carpet as many an A-lister has donned his redefined LBDs for their public appearances. Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele have all worn his daring gowns at award ceremonies and even featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Miley Cyrus and Alessandra Ambrosio are also fans of Vaccarello’s works. Donatello Versace, who heads the youthful and fashion forward diffusion line Versus, had this to say about Anthony Vaccarello and his one year stay at the Italian design house: "In the past several years, I have worked with three great young talents on Versus Versace: Christopher Kane, JW Anderson and Anthony Vaccarello. In each instance, their time on Versus Versace led to them making a huge advancement in their design career. I appreciated the chance to work with each of these three designers, and I enjoyed seeing what they brought to a brand I truly love. I’m proud that Versus can be such a remarkable global platform for emerging design talent." While there is no word, or rumour out on who might succeed Vaccarello at Versus, Donatello Versace has hinted that her choice will be a surprising one. We can’t wait to see how the matter settles.

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