Slimane goes to Yves Saint Laurent
The big fashion questions being asked this week had less to do with the hot colours of the season and more to do with the latest round of designer musical chairs. Just as Milan fashion week was ending on Monday, news broke that after eight years as head designer at Yves Saint Laurent, Italian Stefano Pilati would be leaving the house...reportedly to be replaced by Hedi Slimane.
Forty-three-year-old Hedi Slimane is something of a mythical figure in the fashion world. He burst onto the fashion scene in the 1990s with his modernist, androgynous menswear that he designed for Yves Saint Laurent until 2000. He famously turned down the Gucci Group during its Tom Ford/Dominico DeSole era. Instead, Slimane joined Dior Homme for seven years, and during that period he redefined the menswear silhouette. It was ultra modern and his famous narrow black suits with slim pants and shorter jackets were copied the world over.