After four years as the creative and image director, Heidi Slimane left Saint Laurent. Although the news broke on April Fool’s Day, this is sadly not a prank. Speculations of his departure were buzzing throughout this past year. He also raised concerns by doing two separate Fall/Winter 2016 fashion shows this season, one in Los Angeles and one in Paris. Set in his current hometown city, his L.A. show in February featured styles with a 70’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Many celebrities attended the event including Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Sam Smith, and more, making it a night to remember. The fashion show in Paris also proved to be a major throwback, this time it was 80’s glam. While the collection seemed to continue with the rocker chic vibe, the colors and fabrics used were more dramatic. Large shoulders, belted waists, and sequins flooded down the nontraditional staircase turned runway.
Since his start in 2012, Slimane has achieved numerous accomplishments for the brand. The creative director played a part in shortening the label name from Yves Saint Laurent to just Saint Laurent. He focused on creating a line for a more youthful audience without changing the designer prices. During his reign, biker jackets, short party dresses, platforms, and among other pieces were made accessible to customers. Young shoppers were now willing to save up to buy the label, or have their parents buy it for them. Veteran Saint Laurent lovers were able channel their rebel teen days through collections designed by Slimane. Whatever he did seemed to work because reports from 2014 stated that he had doubled the brand’s revenue.
It is still unclear what the future holds for Slimane. Whatever path he takes, he is bound to continue on the road to success. Take a look at some of our favorite styles from the Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2016 season!
On April 4, Yves Saint Laurent named Belgian designer, Anthony Vaccarello, Slimane’s successor. For the past three years, Vaccarello has been a designer for Versus Versace. The news of his appointed succession was released only afters after his departure announcement from Versace. Known for creating pieces with sexy, rock n’ roll appeals, he is bound for success with Saint Laurent.