French luxury fashion house Saint Laurent and their parent company Kering confirmed that Anthony Vaccarello has been named as the new creative director of the brand. Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello studied at La Cambre in Brussels, and worked for two years at Fendi before founding his own line in 2009. After the success of his line, Vaccarello teamed up with Donatella Versace for Versus capsule collection in 2013, and by 2015 he became the creative director of Versace’s youthful line. On Sunday, Versace announced that Vaccarello was stepping down, just after the confirmation of Hedi Slimane’s departure from Saint Laurent. Anthony will also put his own line on hold while working for Saint Laurent.
“I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.” – Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent.
“Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.” – Anthony Vaccarello
“While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter.” – Donatella Versace