Pierre Bergé Approves of Hedi Slimane at YSL

Pierre Bergé
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Pierre Bergé.

Yves Saint Laurent’s business and life partner, Pierre Bergé, has been nothing if not outspoken about the upholding of the fashion house he helped build, with famously tense relationships with past creative directors Tom Ford and the recently-ousted Stefano Pilati. But though Bergé is no longer officially associated with the house (he remains the head of Saint Laurent’s foundation), he’s letting it be known that he approves of the brand’s new man.

“It’s a great problem, very complicated, to recreate the work of a genius,” Bergé told T magazine. “Like trying to rewrite Faulkner. To put your stamp on the name of Yves Saint Laurent requires someone who has talent, conviction, rigor, a demanding nature and a great sense of color.”

Hedi Slimane, who was announced as YSL’s new creative director earlier this month, seems to pass Bergé’s test.

“[He is] a man of talent who can preserve the genius and legacy of Yves Saint Laurent,” he said.

Of course, Slimane’s no newbie at the house; the designer was the director of menswear at Yves Saint Laurent from 1996 to 2000.