Official Statement of YSL (from its Facebook page)
Yves Saint Laurent and PPR announce today the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Creative Director of the maison Yves Saint Laurent. Slimane will assume total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections. In parallel with this new position, he will continue to pursue his career in photography.Meanwhile, the Marc Jacobs for Dior rumors are back again after Marc was spotted at the MiuMiu show. I don't get it. Miu Miu is not a conglomerate of LVMH. :) But whoever it might be (Haider Ackermann was again back as LVMH sent a bunch of flowers to his office), let's hope the critics will be nicer.
Hedi Slimane thus returns to the fashion house where he was Artistic Director of Menswear until 2000.
“Hedi Slimane’s exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison”, said Paul Deneve, Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent.
François-Henri Pinault, PPR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added, “As one of the most important French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent today possesses formidable potential, which I am confident will be successfully harnessed and revealed through the vision of Hedi Slimane.”
BTW, the Dior Fall 2012 was a slight improvement from the Spring 2012 show. There's still those "we got used to Galliano for Dior" but if LVMH wants Dior to be back in its glory then bring Galliano back. Or maybe they want Dior to be in a new direction (a direction I don't get).