With the news that Saint Laurent’s creative director Hedi Slimane has departed from the label and that designer Anthony Vaccarello is now at the helm, we take a look at some of the brand’s most striking moments during Slimane’s tenure.
Hedi Slimane arrived at Yves Saint Laurent in 2012 and immediately made several significant changes to the French fashion house. He famously rebranded the ready-to-wear line as Saint Laurent before reinventing the stores with a new typeface and interiors. Yet perhaps the most remarkable change was to the clothes themselves. Slimane revived cult classics such as the smoking jacket, ultimately redefining the brand and giving Saint Laurent a rock ’n’ roll makeover with an LA-inspired aesthetic.
Slimane’s Saint Laurent girl was akin to a rock groupie of the 1980s. She was decked in predominately black outfits, with leather, animal print fur coats and mini dresses significant to the look. Many of the striking ready-to-wear collections from Slimane were inspired by a rock star aesthetic that saw the brand moving from Parisian chic to Californian grunge. His modern and risqué approach to design made him a tour de force in the fashion industry. Aficionados are avidly watching where the brand is headed next.