Hedi Slimane Reportedly In at YSL

Hedi Slimane
Photo: Patrick McMullan
Hedi Slimane.

It’s been just 24 hours since Stefano Pilati took his runway bow after the Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012 show, but his replacement is already waiting in the wings.

Hedi Slimane, the designer during Dior Homme’s heyday, was rumored to be the one stepping in when news broke that Pilati had been dismissed, and Suzy Menkes reports for the New York Times that he will, in fact, be named the house’s new creative director.

The announcement will reportedly be made on Wednesday.

Slimane has been out of the fashion scene for a while, pursuing a career in photography since he left Dior in 2007. But in June, he told Prestige that he hoped to get back into the game.

“I miss the fabrics, the atelier and the craftsmanship,” he told the online magazine. “Of course I am [planning a return to fashion design], but I’m really down to earth with fashion, and I have a business and brand-oriented mind.

“I belong to luxury fashion,” he continued. “That’s what I’ve always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.”

His appointment at Yves Saint Laurent will also be something of a homecoming for Slimane: before joining Dior in 2000, he was the director of menswear at YSL.