Anthony Vaccarello Exits Versus Versace, Enters Saint Laurent

Anthony Vaccarello Exits Versus Versace, Enters Saint Laurent

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR ANTHONY VACCARELLO, WHO WILL BE TAKING OVER THE REINS AT SAINT LAURENT

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR ANTHONY VACCARELLO, WHO WILL BE TAKING OVER THE REINS AT SAINT LAURENT

Text: Ian David Monroe

After the official announcement of Hedi Slimane’ s departure from Saint Laurent, last Friday, the flames of fashion’ s favorite new rumor were fanned again this morning with the news that Anthony Vaccarello would be leaving his short-lived role at Versus Versace. Now, the fire is out: Kering, the parent company of Saint Laurent, has officially announced Anthony Vaccarello’ s appointment as the creative director of maison Yves Saint Laurent.

On today’ s revelation, Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault says, I am very proud to welcome such a vivid and young force among today’ s creative fashion talents to Yves Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello’ s unique style will greatly express the maison’ s creative signature and fashion authority, building on the brand’ s solid foundations, and further developing it to realise its full potential. Together with the entire Yves Saint Laurent team, Anthony Vaccarello will strongly contribute to the maison’ s growing accomplishments.

While Vaccarello is still a fresh face in the fashion sphere, his appointment to such an historic house is not without precedent. One need only look at the young Olivier Rousteing’ s successful overhaul of Balmain. The Belgian-Italian designer is expected to bring his sexy, minimalist, and biker-chic aestheticthat has won him many fans in celebrity and model circles, where a leathered-up look and a hip-high slit have become the normto his new role.

The first collection of a Vacarrello Saint Laurent will debut this October, for the S/S ’ 17 season. There is no word yet on the fate of Vaccarello's eponymous line.

ANTHONY VACCARELLO  PHOTOGRAPHY TUNG WALSH

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