Anthony Vaccarello Takes The Reins At Saint Laurent
This morning, WWD confirmed that Anthony Vaccarello will be taking the reins at Saint Laurent—or is it Yves Saint Laurent again, now that Hedi Slimane is gone? We’re confused. In any case, for months it’s been widely speculated that the Italian-Belgian designer might be taking over.
As reported by the New York Times, Vaccarello “coyly deflected” the idea during Paris Fashion Week, dismissing it as “only a rumor.” But evidently gossip is gospel—Vaccarello is the new Saint Laurent creative director, and he appears to be celebrating by already taking a vacation. Jealous.
Until the announcement, Vaccarello ran both his own label and Versus, Versace’s younger line. As of his YSL appointment, he has left Versus (no hard feelings from Donatella) and is suspending work on his namesake line—all in an attempt to focus his energy on Saint Laurent. As Francesca Bellettini, the chief executive of Yves Saint Laurent, said, “His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison.” The designer is known for a signature sexy, slinky vibe, and his clothes do slightly recall more naked versions of Yves Saint Laurent’s classic le smoking. It’s quite a different look from Slimane’s baby doll-bedecked grunge princesses; think Sharon Stone as opposed to Courtney Love.
The designer will take over Saint Laurent womenswear, menswear, and the recently resurrected couture. In a statement, Vaccarello called the late Yves Saint Laurent, “a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.”
Lead image via The New York Times. Additional photo shot exclusively for Milk by Sonny Vandevelde.
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