Timeline: Changes at The House of Yves Saint Laurent

by LaV enStyle

After seven years as the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati is confirmed to be exiting the famed fashion house.

Speculations of the change began in late February 2012 and were confirmed upon the day of the YSL Women’s RTW Fall/Winter 2012 fashion show.

Pilati began with the house about seven years ago, succeeding the creative director of the time, Tom Ford. According to WWD, “Pilati had worked under the rumor of possible dismissal almost from the day he assumed the role of creative director seven years ago.”

His final show took place March 5, 2012 and received great reviews. Using dark undertones, the collection was very strong using “black silhouettes, cinched waists” and “leather feeding” Pilati created a “woman-in-control” aura. Items embodied strong shoulders and “ultrsleek and lean” skirts, dresses, and shirts, WWD reports.

According to WWD, Pilati showed “no signs of bitterness” with the departure stating,  “I accomplished what I’ve been asked to. I accomplished what I wanted,” he said. “I didn’t really see myself in 25 years at Yves Saint Laurent. It was an experiment, but I’m happy either way. “I’ve been here seven years, and my contract expires, and I’m fine to move on,”

Only days after his final show YSL justified specualtions confirming Hedi Slimane to be the new creative director.

WWD reports that Slimane will, “assume “total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections,” while continuing to pursue his career in photography.” Slimane wil start a the house after exiting YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme a dozen years ago.

See the timeline for details.