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Hedi Slimane leaves Yves Saint Laurent


Saint Laurent creative lead Hedi Slimane departs after four years at the helm of the Parisian luxury label, which he gave a 21st-century rock ’n’ roll edge

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Marina Nelson,

Hedi Slimane is leaving Yves Saint Laurent after four years as the creative lead for the revamped Saint Laurent fashion line. Arriving in 2012, Slimane quickly made his stamp on the brand, transforming the outlook and design aesthetic, and even the name of the prêt-a-porter line, which was rebranded Saint Laurent. This controversial move was a major talking point for Slimane’s SS13 debut, where androgyny, black leather and masculinity took centre stage for womenswear, with staples including biker jackets, skinny cigarette pants and edgy pointed-toe shoes to the fore – a complete contrast to the demure and feminine silhouette of Yves Saint Laurent from the 1960s.

Based in Los Angeles since 2007, Slimane has a love of 1960s and 70s American rock ’n’ roll designs, which deeply influenced his Saint Laurent collections and saw sales soar for the label despite its small number of retail outlets worldwide.

As Slimane leaves Saint Laurent, the fashion world is left to wonder what Saint Laurent’s next creative direction will be …

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