Stefano Pilati has parted ways with Yves Saint Laurent - but has not yet confirmed where he's headed. The announcement comes after months of denials by the house.
Pilati - who joined YSL as design director in 2000 after stints at Giorgio Armani, Prada and Miu Miu, and took over from the then-creative director Tom Ford in 2004 - has been "instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic French luxury brand", YSL said in a statement this morning. "Under Stefano's guiding vision and artistic direction, the house has become a contemporary reference in high fashion."
Pilati will present his final YSL collection on March 5 - and the house will announce a new creative director - rumoured to be Hedi Slimane, who has also been linked with the still-vacant Dior job - "within weeks".
"I join Paul Deneve and the house of Saint Laurent in thanking Stefano for his dedication and contribution to the story of Yves Saint Laurent," PPR chairman and ceo François-Henri Pinault said today. "I personally wish him all the best."
P.S. We will see what future brings, maybe Stefano will become a creative designer for Dior? That would be so amazing:):)