Hedi Slimane leaves Saint Laurent

So the rumours are true

By Andrea Tim | Published: 1 Apr 2016

Slimane exits YSL
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Hedi Slimane is making his exit from Saint Laurent, parent company Kering has confirmed. The French designer, who had already been rumoured to be leaving the brand earlier this year, once resigned from Saint Laurent in 2000 before he was hired again in 2012, this time as creative director.

"What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house," Kering chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault said in a statement. "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."

A successor has not yet been named, although Anthony Vaccarello is reportedly the frontrunner for the creative director post. Slimane's final Saint Laurent collection was for the Autumn Winter 2016 season, shown at Paris Fashion Week last month.

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