5 Little-Known Tidbits About YSL's New Head Honcho Anthony Vaccarello
While we’re certainly mourning the loss of Hedi Slimane at (Yves?) Saint Laurent, there’s newfound anticipation for Anthony Vaccarello‘s arrival. If you’ve seen his past collections, you know he’s a little black dress (LBD) king, which is fitting for the salaciously sleek YSL vibe. And while you probably know about his past, year-long run as the creative director of Versus Versace, there’s still lots more to learn about the Belgian-Italian designer.
He was Donatella Versace’s protegé and has worked under Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi.
Shortly after Vaccarello graduated in June 2006 from the Brussels design school La Cambre, he landed a gig designing fur over at Fendi. In 2010 he began designing his trademark minimalist, sexy LBDs. Donatella Versace quickly picked him up in 2013 to be the creative head behind Versace’s sister line Versus. In a Versace statement, she said, “I’ve followed Anthony’s work from his very first collection, as soon as I met him I realized immediately he was the one, he gets it, his talent screams Versus Versace.” And she couldn’t have been more right.
He’s Very Humble, And Even Gets Starstruck
Before receiving the creative director position at YSL, Vaccarello remained a relatively low-key player in the fashion world. He even got nervous at a dinner party around Lou Doillon, daughter of Jane Birkin and Jacques Doillon, and couldn’t muster up the confidence to talk to her until the end. She turned out to be a muse for his Fall 2010 lookbook—which was, incidentally, shot in only ten minutes; Lou had to go pick up her kid from school. Classic effortless Parisian.
His Designs Aren’t New To The Red Carpet Scene
A slew of women have stomped down the red carpet in his numbers. Vaccarello once told Interview Magazine that it’s not the dress that makes a woman sexy, but rather, “It’s sexy because the girl is wearing the dress.” And it sure is, when mega-babes like Gisele, J.Lo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Ciara are rocking his designs. There’s no doubt that he’ll be dressing even more big-faced names once his first YSL collection is released.
He’s quite multifaceted
Vaccarello attended La Cambre, one of Belgium’s top art schools, where he studied sculpture and graduated with honors. In that same year, he won first place at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, for photographs that he took of some of his designs after college, but before his official namesake line was launched. Channeling the inner sculptor in him, he told Interview Magazine, “When I’m working, I’m making clothes around the body. I’m more about the draping, and finding the right line.”
His first collection was inspired by a porn star
Yes, you read that correctly. The aforementioned photos of his first collection that won him the photography prize were actually inspired by a Hungarian-Italian porn star and girl power aficionado, La Cicciolina, aka our ultimate lady crush. Fun fact: she’s Jeff Koons‘ ex-wife! And a politician! And a singer, too. We’d be surprised, but after all, it does take one to know one.
Photos via i-D, Versace, Julia Champeau, Conde Nast, and Vogue.
Stay tuned to Milk for more designer low-downs.