This season’s game of designer musical chairs just won’t end.
Last Thursday, it was announced that Raf Simons would be exiting Jil Sander to make way for none other than Jil Sander herself. And now, former industry star Hedi Slimane is reportedly on his way back to Yves Saint Laurent, the house where he served as menswear creative director from 1996 until 2001. Besides his work at YSL, Slimane is best known for his seven-year stint as Dior Homme’s creative director, during which he made skinny men’s suits so cool that even women wanted to wear them.
An official announcement is expected within a week, though there’s no word on how soon YSL’s current creative director Stefano Pilati will leave the house—or where he’ll be going once he does. (Or if Slimane is just going to take over menswear, not womenswear. Although we’ve heard through the grapevine that he really wants to design for women as well.) But this means that both Raf Simons and Pilati may be unattached to their former labels—and looking for new fashion houses to call home. Dior, perhaps…?
Interestingly, just last September it was rumored that Simons was being groomed to take over Pilati’s position at YSL. So perhaps this sudden designer shuffle is a sign that the switch might finally happen after all. As always, stay tuned for updates.
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