Hedi Slimane Back at YSL?

You thought the hottest news so far this season was the Oliver soundtrack at Marc Jacobs? Now comes a series of sweeping revelations that give the upcoming Paris collections a particularly piquant flavor. The most recent of them has Hedi Slimane making his much-awaited fashion comeback at Yves Saint Laurent. Citing reliable sources, the French news agency AFP said the designer’s contract had been signed, and that the announcement would be made during Paris Fashion Week. Current creative director Stefano Pilati’s contract with the house, which reported growth under his tenure, ends March 4, and neither PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault nor YSL CEO Paul Deneve have commented on whether or not it would be renewed.

If true, Slimane’s resurrection at YSL confirms a report on Hint exactly one year ago, in which we posited: “Others turned down the job partly because of Pierre Bergé’s control-freakish ways (he still owns the archives) and larger-than-life presence, but as it turns out, Pierre and Hedi are old friends. Plus, no doubt the higher-ups are acutely aware of the enormous amount of anticipation surrounding Hedi’s return to fashion and his stated interest in designing womenswear.”

The speculation about Slimane, who recently reminisced to Hint about his formative years at Yves Saint Laurent men’s—before taking the reins at Dior Homme and creating the definitive rock-couture look of the millennial male—comes at the end of an already head-turning week. With Jil Sander returning to her namesake house after Raf Simons final bow today—and of course, that vacant throne at Dior—fashion suddenly has all the nail-biting suspense of Hitchcock film noir.

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