Hedi Slimane to Return to YSL Now That Stefano Pilati Has Left?

Yves Saint Laurent have confirmed today that the label's upcoming Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, which is set to launch at Paris Fashion Week shortly, will be current creative director Stefano Pilati's last with the label. The label released the following statement explaining the departure:
 Yves Saint Laurent today announces the departure of Creative Director Stefano Pilati, who since 2004 has stood at the creative helm of the maison and has been instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic French luxury brand. Under Stefano’s guiding vision and artistic direction, the house has become a contemporary reference in high fashion. Stefano will show his final collection for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 womenswear on March 5, 2012 in Paris. 
In the coming weeks, the maison will announce a new Creative Director. Yves Saint Laurent and PPR would like to thank Stefano for his extraordinary contributions and wish him the very best with his future endeavors.

Pilati also made his own comment on the matter:
 “I exit the house with fierce conviction in all that we have achieved and deep gratitude to those who have supported me along the way, I wish the maison Yves Saint Laurent and its new creative director the very best for the future.”
It has been rumored for several seasons that Pilati would leave, while Hedi Slimane has already emerged as a frontrunner to take over - he designed for the label from 1997 - 2000 and has recently spoken on possibly making a design comeback.

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