PARIS — Anthony Vaccarello, who is to show his first collection for Saint Laurent on Sept. 27, has confirmed that he is putting his signature collection on hold.
Quoting a spokesman from Kering, parent of Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and other luxury and sport brands, WWD had reported on April 4 that the designer would “pause” his brand from October and dedicate himself to Yves Saint Laurent.
In a statement on Tuesday, Vaccarello thanked “everyone who supported his brand since its launch in 2008 and made it so successful.
“This adventure has been amazing but I now feel the need to fully focus on this new project,” he added.
A spokesman for the designer noted that all of Vaccarello’s employees were engaged by YSL.
Vacarrello’s fall-winter 2016 collection has already been delivered in specialty retailers and department stores.
He shipped his collection to about 100 wholesale accounts including Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey, Elyse Walker, Browns, Selfridges, Net-a-porter.com, Colette, Montaigne Market, Mytheresa.com and Luisa via Roma.
The 36-year-old Belgian succeeds Hedi Slimane at the creative helm of Saint Laurent, thrusting an unassuming, low-key designer into one of the hottest seats in fashion.
Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, has called Vaccarello’s “modern, pure aesthetic” a “perfect fit” for the house.
Saint Laurent recorded revenues of 974 million euros, or $1.08 billion, last year with a network of 142 stores — far fewer locations than megabrands such as Gucci, Dior, Chanel or Louis Vuitton.
Vaccarello is known mainly for sharp, asymmetric tailoring and saucy dresses — not far from the aesthetic Slimane pumped out during his rock ’n’ roll-tinged tenure.
He kept his habitual timeslot on the first day of Paris Fashion Week for his Saint Laurent debut, but has yet to indicate if the show will be women’s wear only, or co-ed, as Slimane’s shows sometimes were.