Anthony Vaccarello Exits Versus Versace, Heads to Saint Laurent

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The 33-year-old Belgian designer succeeds Hedi Slimane as Saint Laurent's new creative director.

Just a few days after Yves Saint Laurent and Kering, its parent company, confirmed Hedi Slimane's exit from the French fashion house, Versace has announced that Anthony Vaccarello is departing the Versus Versace brand as its creative director, effective immediately.

"While I'm sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter," Donatella Versace said in a statement.

The timing couldn't be more coincidental as Vaccarello, who joined the Italian luxury label's diffusion line last January, was speculated to succeed Slimane — though Saint Laurent denied the rumors at the time.

Not along after Versace's announcement on Monday, Saint Laurent and Kering confirmed Vaccarello as the brand's new creative director. The 33-year-old Belgian designer will begin his new role immediately.

"Mr. Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity," Vaccarello said in a statement. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house."

Added François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering: "Anthony Vaccarello’s unique style will greatly express the maison’s creative signature and fashion authority, building on the brand’s solid foundations, and further developing it to realize its full potential."

Vaccarello will present his first collection for Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week's spring 2017 season this October.