Anthony Vaccarello was announced as the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, assuming the design position vacated by Hedi Slimane. For those in the fashion industry, where rumors of Mr. Vaccarello’s appointment have been front-row chatter for months, the news was no surprise; to those outside the industry slipstream, a little more explanation may be helpful.
The designers who have stewarded Yves Saint Laurent since its founder and namesake stepped down from couture in 2002 (and ready-to-wear before that) are now well known: Besides Mr. Slimane, they include Tom Ford, Alber Elbaz (late of Lanvin) and Stefano Pilati. Here is a primer on Mr. Vaccarello in advance of his first collection in October.
Mr. Vaccarello, who had been the creative director of Versus Versace for a little over a year, announced his departure a few hours before the news about Yves Saint Laurent was made official. “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter,” Donatella Versace, vice president of the Versace Group, said in a statement.
Mr. Vaccarello founded his own brand, in 2009, but will suspend that line to “devote himself fully to Saint Laurent,” according to a spokesman for the brand. He will be responsible for women’s wear, men’s wear, the couture line revived by Mr. Slimane and the image of the brand.