Monday, February 27, 2012

confirmed: stefano pilati out at ysl

wwd is reporting that stefano pilati is out at ysl & will present his final collection on march 5th.  pilati said "[i am] incredibly proud of what i have accomplished with my teams over the past decade at saint laurent....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."
there have been problems between ysl executive pierre bergé & pilati for years - even saint laurent expressed dissatisfaction with pilati saying "some of what he does is good. some of it not so good."
regardless, pilati managed to turn the house around especially with bags & shoes.  ppr chairmain françois-henri pinault added, "i join paul deneve & the house of saint laurent in thanking stefano for his dedication and contribution to the story of yves saint laurent. i personally wish him all the best."
i'm just so on the fence because i have such a huge fashion crush on both pilati & slimane. i am super excited for slimane to return to fashion AND design for women but i will always have a soft spot for stefano pilati.  just recently, a friend & i were having a discussion about how 2012 has been the year of changes & it definitely seems to be true.  
there has been no confirmation regarding slimane's return but i can't imagine this rumour not to be true.  

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