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Yves Saint Laurent Designer Hedi Slimane is Leaving

  • Associated Press

FILE - This Monday, Oct.1, 2012 file photo shows French-born fashion designer Hedi Slimane for Yves St Laurent appearing at the end of his ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection presented in Paris.

FILE - This Monday, Oct.1, 2012 file photo shows French-born fashion designer Hedi Slimane for Yves St Laurent appearing at the end of his ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection presented in Paris.

The Yves Saint Laurent fashion house announced Friday that designer Hedi Slimane is leaving and it's rethinking its ``creative organization.''

Parent company Kering, in a statement, praised Slimane's four years as creative director. CEO Francois-Henri Pinault said he was grateful to Slimane "for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.''

The company did not name a successor or give a reason for the departure, but said it would soon announce a new creative structure.

Slimane staged an unusual, star-studded show in Los Angeles in February. His last show for Yves Saint Laurent, in Paris last month, was an ode to the big-shouldered era of Eighties disco with micro-minis and giant blue fox fur coats.

His exit comes amid upheaval within Paris' fashion industry in recent months, with Saint Laurent being the third of three major heritage houses to announce a designer departure, after Christian Dior and Lanvin.

Lanvin has named couturier Bouchra Jarrar as the new creative director, while Dior has not yet confirmed its new pick.

Slimane provoked controversy at the house when he joined in 2012, rebranding YSL ready-to-wear with the new name ``Saint Laurent Paris,'' and overhauling the label's image. Gone was the sophisticated look associated with the iconic house founder, and in its place were grunge styles modeled by adolescent-looking super-waif models.

The fashion press hated it at first. But the garments proved a huge commercial success, and his retro disco-glitter designs and floppy hats are now ubiquitous on the runway, and have caught on with many consumers.

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