Belgian-born designer Anthony Vaccarello won’t be showcasing a collection during Paris fashion week in September. His decision to do so is based on his new responsibility as the creative director of the Kering-owned Saint Laurent brand.

Thanking those who have supported his brand since its launch since 2008, the designer said in a statement, “this adventure has been amazing but I now feel the need to fully focus on this project”.

Before his appointment at Saint Laurent, Vaccarello was at Versus Versace for three years where he worked his way up from consultant to creative director. His sexy aesthetic melded seamlessly with that of the Versus brand, which Donatella Versace very much approved of.

Vaccarello with Donatella Versace

Following his appointment back in April, Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, said Vaccarello’s aesthetic was a perfect fit for the house. She said in a statement, “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”.

The designer’s first collection for Saint Laurent is set to be shown in October during Paris fashion week. Back in June, he put out a collection of black & white pictures (photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Alastair McKimm) of models wearing nothing as a metaphor for starting afresh.

One of the new Saint Laurent ads Photographed by Collier Schorr

Vaccarello’s appointment at Saint Laurent came after the dismissal of his predecessor, Hedi Slimane, whose collections weren’t a favorite of the press but generated the bulk of Kering’s revenue.

Author: Kayito Nwokedi