Designer Hedi Slimane has left Yves Saint Laurent for the second time.
Slimane, who joined YSL in 1996 as director of menswear, first quit in 2000 to take up the position of creative director at Dior Homme, where he became identified with a slim silhouette that influenced the entire menswear category and inspired designer Karl Lagerfeld’s 92-pound weight loss.
Slimane then left Dior Homme in 2007 to pursue photography.
In 2012, he rejoined YSL as creative director, leading the brand to its current successes in the accessories market with variations on Classic Duffle bags (below) and updated Chelsea boots.
During his second tenure at YSL, Slimane often had a tempestuous relationship with the press, who panned his first women’s wear collection. In 2012, for example, he wrote an open letter calling New York Times’ fashion critic Cathy Horyn “a schoolyard bully.”
Yesterday Kering SA, the parent company of YSL, Gucci, Balenciaga, and several other luxury brands, confirmed Slimane long-rumored departure.