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YSL Calls Raf Simons Rumor ‘Unfounded’

The French firm issued a statement Monday squelching speculation Simons may replace Stefano Pilati.

NO CHANGE AT YSL: Squelching speculation Raf Simons was about to replace Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent, the French firm issued a statement Monday describing current rumors about its creative direction as “unfounded.”

“Stefano Pilati continues to dedicate his talent and energies to Yves Saint Laurent and the coming fashion show,” YSL, owned by luxury group PPR, said.

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It was issued in the wake of a report in Monday’s International Herald Tribune suggesting Simons — whose spring collection for Jil Sander won broad acclaim — would “ultimately” unseat Pilati at the august house.

A YSL spokesman declined further comment.

Citing industry sources, WWD reported on June 18 that Sander had just renewed Simons’ contract. It is understood it is for a term of one year, renewable thereafter.

Simons could not be reached for comment. Sander officials declined all comment.

It is understood Pilati’s contract at YSL ends in March. He has been in renewal discussions with management, but a deal has yet to be signed, sources said.

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