For several days, a rumor that is poised to become a DIN indicates that Hedi Slimane is about to abandon the artistic direction of Saint Laurent Paris, for which designed from the year 2012. Information that does not stop surprising, since one does not change from designer when it gets carried to the firm that designed the first place of the classification (236 points), well above Balmain who goes second with 70 points of difference.
According to an article in Women’s Wear Daily, the designer has not reached an agreement with the Group Kering, owner of the mark, with regard to the renewal of his contract. Reason why Slimane is considering seriously to pack. This would be the second time that the designer leaves the ship because it was the first time that he began to work for Yves Saint Laurent in 1996 as marketing Assistant. There was soon to be promoted to the artistic direction of the collections for men. Slimane departed YSL in 2000 to take care of the artistic direction of Dior Homme.
Apparently the name of italo-Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello sounds much like his possible successor. Vaccarello who passed to deal with the creative direction of Versus Versace in January of last year has kept already some talks and meetings with Kering managers in this regard.
At the moment, Kering nor Saint Laurent Paris wished to exit the passage of these rumors. After the departure of Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, Raf Simons of Dior and Balenciaga Alexander Wang, it seems that the designers of major brands market is on the verge of suffering a general rout or a flight mass. Too much pressure?