Updated: March 7, 2012 9:12AM
Yves Saint Laurent has named former Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane as its new creative director, ending months of speculation about the future direction of the house.
Yves Saint Laurent and parent company PPR announced the appointment in a statement Wednesday, the last day of Paris Fashion Week and the climax of the fall-winter ready-to-wear season.
Slimane replaces Stefano Pilati, who presented his final YSL collection on Monday, a show with fatalistic tinges that channeled black and chainmail, redolent of combat and self-defense.
Slimane worked for YSL earlier in his career, as artistic director of menswear until 2000.
CEO Paul Deneve said the arrival of Slimane “heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison.”