After all rumours it’s now confirmed, Hedi Slimane steps down from his title as Creative Director for Saint Laurent, meanwhile Anthony Vaccarello is confirmed his new successor. This is the fourth CD to escape within a year, from Alexander Wang for Balenciaga to Raf Simons for Dior to Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. The signal is clear – it’s more and more about business than endless creativity. The glorious Hedi’s heydays are now over, and I must say rarly has nothing so dramatic and bold been seen on the fashion scene today. Not only did he make the world ‘re-love’ and worship Yves Saint Laurent without the Y again, but also did he manage to change the design language completely with injection of his musical storytelling life, to targeting a younger innovative crew. Controversially, he did just reopened the Haute Coutre house with its location 24 rue de l’Université, which made me think he was trying to bring the authentic Saint Laurent Rive Gauche back (think the more ‘feminine decadent lux’ era). Regardless of what the future has to offer, I’m sure Mr Vaccarello will do a phenomenal work.