Saint Laurent and parent company Kering have confirmed Anthony Vaccarello as the brand’s new creative director replacing Hedi Slimane, whose departure was announced last week. According to WWD, Vaccarello, will present his first collection in October for Spring/Summer 2017.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house,” Vaccarello said in a statement, calling founder Yves Saint Laurent “a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity.”
The brand’s President and CEO Francesca Bellettini said Vaccarello is a “perfect fit” for the house, noting he “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,” she said, lightly referencing the femme-meets-rock-and-roll legacy his predecessor Hedi Slimane leaves behind.
A replacement for Vaccarello at Versus Versace has yet to be announced.