Yves Saint Laurent has appointed Anthony Vaccarello as Creative Director of the maison Yves Saint Laurent, effective immediately.
Vaccarello is taking the place of Hedi Slimane, who served as head of YSL Paris from 2012.
Vaccarello will present his first collection for the maison in October 2016, during Paris Spring-Summer 2017 fashion week.
He said, “Mr Saint Laurent is 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.”
A Belgian national, Anthony Vaccarello, 36, has been Creative Director of his eponymous brand since 2009, which he founded following two years at Fendi. He has also spent three years at Versus Versace, first as an independent consultant designer and then, since 2015, as Creative Director. A graduate of Belgium’s leading institution in arts and design La Cambre in Brussels, Anthony Vaccarello has long been recognised as one of the most talented, emerging creative minds of our time. He was the grand prize winner of the renowned Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in 2006, and won the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award in 2011. Associated with his mastering of razor-sharp tailoring techniques, Anthony Vaccarello’s influences and references strongly recall the soul of the maison.
Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent said, “I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.”