It’s expected an announcement will be made tomorrow confirming Hedi Slimane is in at Yves Saint Laurent, based on a statement by YSL CEO Paul Deneve to employees today. This was reported by various news outlets, including the International Herald Tribune, although Slimane’s arrival has been a foregone conclusion since it was announced a week ago that Stefano Pilati would be exiting YSL as creative director, ending nearly eight years at the house. The collection shown yesterday is Pilati’s last for YSL.
Of course, Slimane is already well-acquainted with the storied label, having been its men’s designer in the late 90s. It’s where he honed the glam-rock skinny look for men that revolutionized menswear when he moved to Dior Homme. “I found the only way to make YSL menswear relevant again, in the manner of the late ’60s, when Yves was designing,” he said in an interview with Hint, “was to go back to hardcore luxury, focusing on Rive Gauche, the house line, and move from menswear to men’s fashion. It was a new area in Paris, and no couture house at the time had even thought about the potential of men’s fashion, not only in terms of image, but in terms of business. It was therefore a commitment, and a daily battle to bring the attention back to Paris and to the old gems of couture, the beauty of our tradition and craftsmanship.”