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YSL Old Guard Heady for Slimane


Fashion’s finally getting exciting again thanks to some old faces in new positions and no doubt one of the most anticipated returns is that of Hedi Slimane to the house of Yves Saint Laurent.  And no one is more excited than Saint Laurent’s former partner Pierre Bergé and former muse Betty Catroux.

YSL Old Guard Heady for Slimane

“I’m very happy, ” Berge said of Slimane’s appointment. “Hedi Slimane has an enormous amount of talent, something that has been missing at the house of Yves Saint Laurent.”

Bergé made, and clearly continues to make, no secret of his dislike for Stefano Pilati while Saint Laurent was rolling over in his grave before he was even dead during Tom Ford‘s reign. Yet Slimane, who worked at YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme from 1996 to 2000, has been welcomed back to the fold with open arms.

“Hedi is the only one belonging to the Saint Laurent family, my family, so you can imagine how happy and excited I am,” Catroux told WWD. “It will be easy for him as he has the same sensibility and aesthetic, and like Yves, he understands his times perfectly. I always dress as a boy, but I am sure he will find a new way to make girls magic again. Hedi will continue the spirit of Yves. He is the YSL of today, so everything is as it should be.”

Perhaps seeking inspiration from the spirit of Yves,  Slimane is reportedly working at the same studio as Mon. Saint Laurent before his first eponymous ready-to-wear collection in 1962. [WWD, sub req'd]

Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail