The news of Yves Saint Laurent creative director replacement had circulated for days now, and Hedi Slimane’s history from the past four years had been wiped clean on the official Instagram account of Yves Saint Laurent and replaced by a portrait of Anthony Vaccarello announcing his appointment (happened just yesterday, harsh!), and BOF had already moved on to other more digestive topics for us readers, it’s hardly news anymore.
“Mr. Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style, and audacity,” said Vaccarello “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.” Of course, he is going to say that! Could he not believe in the house of Saint Laurent to get the job!? But congratulation. Vaccarello is a great designer and one of a few talents have been closely watched by the industry. Otherwise, he wouldn’t work for Versus Versace as creative director while working on his own label!
Personally, I am all in for the “skinny” menswear silhouette and grunge-bohemian aesthetic delivered by Slimane while he was at Saint Laurent. They are great looks! I loved the punk-rock grunge look and the black leather jackets & skinny jeans, it’s very androgynous and sophisticated. Though I wasn’t quite happy with the removal of “Yves” for ready-to-wear, it’s a little redundant and annoying, isn’t it? I see why some people dislike him. According to Sanford C. Bernstein, Saint Laurent revenues grew more than 20 percent each year from 2012 to 2014 because of Slimane’s hard work, which you cannot deny. Also, he is a great photographer who has a strong sense of image taste in black and white, for which I think it blends perfectly with Saint Laurent aesthetic.
For sure, it is sad to watch Hedi Slimane leaves! But I couldn’t help but curious for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 debut show by Anthony Vaccarello in October! Let’s see what can he bring to the table.