Today François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering announced Hedi Slimane’s departure with Saint Laurent.
The announcement comes on the heels of speculation brewing since the Saint Laurent show in Los Angeles this past February.
The house confirmed Slimane’s departure via press release, stating that, “at the end of a four-year mission, which has led to the complete repositioning of the brand, the Maison Yves Saint Laurent announces the departure of Hedi Slimane as its creative and image director.”
Pinault, added: “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house. I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”
The release notes that a new creative organization “will be communicated in due course.”
Slimane is one in a string of big name departures from French maison’s including Elber Albaz from Lanvin and Raf Simons from Dior.