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Heidi Slimane to Take Over For Stefano Pilati at YSL

YSL Confirms Departure of Stefano Pilati

>> The designer shakeups continue: YSL has announced the departure of creative director Stefano Pilati.

"We are all at Yves Saint Laurent grateful to Stefano for his important achievements in advancing the mission and success of this historic and treasured fashion house," YSL's CEO, Paul Deneve, said in a statement.

Pilati has been head designer at YSL since 2004. His Fall 2012 collection, which will be shown in Paris on March 5, will be his last outing for the label.

Despite Pilati's somewhat turbulent tenure at YSL, the label has shown marked growth under Pilati's leadership, especially in accessories. "Pilati has been instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic French luxury brand. Under Stefano’s guiding vision and artistic direction, the house has become a contemporary reference in high fashion," the statement acknowledged.

YSL has declined to comment on who will replace Pilati at the creative helm. However, several sources this past weekend — including WWD — have reported that former Dior Homme designer, Heidi Slimane, is poised to take over.

"I wish the maison Yves Saint Laurent and its new creative director the very best for the future," Pilati told WWD. “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. "

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