Hedi Slimane Rumoured to Replace Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent

 Last season, the rumours began that Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati, who has been at the label since 2000, would be replaced by another designer. It was said at the time: "Paris has been flooded with rumors that Pilati's position is under threat and that headhunters have been actively interviewing potential replacements."  With another source stating similarly:  "Apparently the house is tired of his antics, like blowing off reporters, partying too hard and making clothes that no one wants to buy, and they have decided to sack him.” 

Now, approaching the Yves Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week, it is again rumoured that this season will be Pilati’s last at the French fashion house, and that he will be replaced by Hedi Slimane, who previously worked at Yves Saint Laurent from 1997 - 2000. The news began today when Kenzo’s PR took to Twitter, first tweeting: “Just heard BIG news about this being a certain designer at an established French house's last season and being replaced by someone major!!”

They also dropped hints: “CEO has just left and now the designer replaced by someone who has moved away from design the last couple of yrs but stayed in fashion (sic)”

The CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Valérie Hermann recently moved to become CEO of Reed Krakoff, and is set to be replaced this April by Paul Deneve. In recent years Hedi Slimane has stepped away from fashion design and has been working on photography which includes his photographic diary at HediSlimane.com, as well as other projects for fashion publications.

Front Row View is currently waiting for a comment from Yves Saint Saint Laurent PR. 

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