As usual Paris Fashion Week was not only busy due to all the shows, but the rumor mill also kept press, designers and other spectators on their toes. Next to Raf Simons making a possible move to Calvin Klein in the near future, rumors about a possible departure of Hedi Slimane from Saint Laurent were among the most talked about. Why the designer would be leaving Saint Laurent after having so successfully turned the brand around is not clear, but the main reason for the rumors to come up in the first place was the cancelation of the Saint Laurent show in Paris and the announcement that it would take place in Los Angeles instead.
If Slimane would leave YSL, then only for something better or bigger. What else is there? Raf Simons just left Dior, that could be an interesting move for Slimane. He has pretty much single handedly built up Dior Homme over a decade ago and would return to take over the entire brand. The other big speculation is Chanel. Of course Karl Lagerfeld is not going anywhere for now, but he is not the youngest anymore and he will for sure be looking around already for a suitable successor. It is known that Lagerfeld has a lot of respect for Slimane, so this could be an interesting move as well.
None of the brands has commented on any of these rumors yet, but with the women’s shows just around the corner, Dior and Lanvin will certainly need to announce something. Hopefully we know more soon.
- Source: BoF