Rumors had been going on already, but only last week we got the confirmation that Hedi Slimane is leaving Saint Laurent. It was only a four-year tenure, but the designer wove a serious fashion tale, definitely in my closet. I went crazy when his first collection (Cruise 2013) for the French Maison hit the shelves.
In 2012, when Slimane started, he first changed the name YSL to a simple Saint Laurent and ushered in rock ‘n’ roll influences. He included menswear into the women’s runway shows and created iconic pieces such as biker jackets, the Janis heels, the Sac de Jour bag that he presented every season in other shades. Due to this, he designs never went out of style but on the other hand, it got a little boring after a while.
Saint Laurent is under the helmet of the Kering giant and to add fuel to the fire, a likely successor might have been already chosen: Anthony Vaccarello, who was handpicked by Donatella Versace to spearhead the Versus brand, and was named its creative director last September.
French Fashion carrousel is turning as Raf Simons (Dior), Alber Elbaz (Lanvin) and Alexander Wang (Balenciaga) had left their posts last year.
Below you can enjoy some of my favourite outfits that I wore during the last years designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent.
March 2013: At the Valentino S/S 2013 Fashion Show
September 2013: Piaget Movie Night in Zurich
October 2013: Tartan
November 2013: Driven By Something
December 2013: It’s a Plaid, Plaid World
December 2013: I See You in the Stars
January 2014: Place Vendôme
January 2014: Sense on the Edge
January 2014: Birthday Girl
May 2014: Vampires Everywhere
May 2014: Dressing in Black and White
July 2014: Party Time in Marrakesh
October 2014: Leather Rebel
October 2014: Into the Wild
November 2014: Milan
November 2014: Glitz and Glam
December 2014: Wherever You Go
December 2014: Clash of the Tartans
January 2015: Is It Friday Yet?
February 2015: Shoot for the Moon
April 2015: Oh La La
April 2015: Leo
May 2015: Everyone Is Fighting a Battle
August 2015: At the Alpina Gstaad
August 2015: Rive Gauche Summer Party
November 2015: Acid Leopard
March 2016: Spring Picnic
Photos: Courtesy of Saint Laurent and © Sandra Bauknecht