Update: Stefano Pilati Out, Hedi Slimane In, at YSL

The YSL designer has long been dogged by replacement rumours

Stefano Pilati YSL

Photo by Anthea Simms

As Milan fashion week continues, there’s breaking fashion news out of Paris. Agence France Presse has reported that Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati is out at the house. Said to replace him is long-time Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane.

Slimane helmed Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007 and during that time, he revolutionized the menswear silhouette. (Karl Lagerfeld has said he went on his well-publicized diet to fit into Slimane’s unforgivingly-skinny black jeans.) He has since relocated to Los Angeles to focus on photography.

Pilati, who introduced his own ground-breaking silhouette, the much-publicized and highly-influential tulip skirt, in 2004, has for years has been dogged by rumours that he was to be pushed out at YSL. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune had reported back in September that Raf Simons, who showed his final collection for Jil Sander just this morning, was set to take the reigns at YSL.But the talk had always been proven to be that: talk.

Neither party has confirmed the news.

Update: Suzy Menkes has just reported that Heidi Slimane will be named the new creative director at Yves Saint Laurent with the official announcement to be made tomorrow in Paris. This will be Silmane’s first venture into womenswear but not his first collection for house of YSL. Silmane was the head of design for the menswear label in 1996 through to 2000.