Slimane is out, Vaccarello is in.
Designer Anthony Vaccarello, 36, is the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, it was announced earlier today by Kering, the luxury conglomerate that owns YSL, Balenciaga, Gucci, Stella McCartney, and assorted other luxury marques.
Until today, the Belgian native was the designer for Versus, the diffusion line that Gianni Versace began for his sister Donatella (above, left).
Vaccarello’s CV also includes his own label and an earlier stint at Fendi.
Vaccarello’s move to YSL has been rumored since January, when it became widely known that designer Hedi Slimane’s contract negotiations with Kering were not proceeding smoothly. Slimane announced his departure last week.
Vaccarello’s first collection for YSL will be the Spring/Summer line shown during October’s Paris Fashion Week.