It's Official: Stefano Pilati Is Out at YSL

Posted Tuesday February 28, 2012 2:33 PM GMT

He’s been a key figure in the present-day success of Yves Saint Laurent, but Stefano Pilati has decided it’s time to move on from his director position.

YSL released a statement this week confirming the news of Pilati’s departure, and rumor has it that Hedi Slimane will take his place.

The press release reads, “Yves Saint Laurent today announces the departure of Creative Director Stefano Pilati, who since 2004 has stood at the creative helm of the maison and has been instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic French luxury brand. Under Stefano’s guiding vision and artistic direction, the house has become a contemporary reference in high fashion. Stefano will show his final collection for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 womenswear on March 5, 2012 in Paris. In the coming weeks, the maison will announce a new Creative Director. Yves Saint Laurent and PPR would like to thank Stefano for his extraordinary contributions and wish him the very best with his future endeavors.”

Pilati added, “I exit the house with fierce conviction in all that we have achieved and deep gratitude to those who have supported me along the way. I wish the maison Yves Saint Laurent and its new creative director the very best for the future.”

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