Anthony Vaccarello to lead Saint Laurent


The 33-year old Belgian fashion designer Anthony Vaccarello has been appointed as creative director of the French fashion label Saint Laurent, founded in 1962 by the French designer Yves Saint Laurent. He succeeds Hedi Slimane. Vaccarello no longer works for Versus Versace, where he had been creative director since the beginning of 2015.

Anthony Vaccarello studied at the Brussels art school Ecole de La Cambre and he won the top fashion prize at the annual Hyères Festival in 2006 and the ANDAM Fashion Award in 2011. Among others, he worked for Fendi before starting his own label 'Anthony Vaccarello' in 2009. The designer is known for his tight-fitting and sexy creations. His first collection for Saint Laurent will be for Spring/Summer 2017 and he will introduce it in Paris in October.

"I am very happy that Anthony Vacarello is taking over the creative department of Yves Saint Laurent", says Francesca Belletini, CEO of the fashion label. "His modern, pure aesthetics is perfect for the label. In his silhouettes, Anthony Vaccarello strikes a perfect balance between provocative femininity and sharp masculinity. His style captures the essence of Yves Saint Laurent perfectly."

Vaccarello isn't the first Belgian to be at the helm of a prestigious fashion label. From 2012 to 2015, Raf Simons was creative director at Dior.