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Hedi Slimane Bids Adieu To Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane, the maverick Tunisian-French designer who is credited for making changes to the French design house in recent years leading to newfound success, has parted ways with Saint Laurent. In a statement released on March 31st, François-Henri Pinault, CEO and Chairman of Kering SA said, “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house. 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." Slimane was the creative director for Dior Homme for seven years, from 2000 to 2007. He worked on his fashion and portrait photography portfolio for some years before replacing Stefano Pilati as the creative director at Saint Laurent Paris in 2012. Some of the notable changes he affected while at Saint Laurent was renaming the brand's RTW line by dropping out the signature ‘Yves’ and redesigning the logo to reflect this change. While not without controversy, these changes and his new creative direction are often cited as one of the main reasons why Saint Laurent is now the fastest growing line in the luxury portfolio of the Paris based luxury goods holding company Kering SA. According to reports, Saint Laurent's sales surpassed 973 million euros last year; this compared to just over 350 million Euros in sales in 2011 speak significantly for what was achieved in the four years Slimane was at the helm. On a related note, the past few months have seen a flurry of comings and goings in the world of high fashion. Alexander Wang had left Balenciaga after three years in July last year. This was followed by Raf Simons parting ways with Christian Dior in October and Alber Elbaz's ouster from Lanvin. 2016 started with Stefan Pilati leaving the Milanese menswear design house Ermenegildo Zegna in early February. No word yet on who will be replacing Slimane, though there are rumours of discussions with Anthony Vaccarello to be considered for the job. We will keep you posted. Image: Forbes  

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