Hedi Slimane Leaving Saint Laurent Is Big News in High Fashion

And it’s just the latest shake-up in the world of luxury fashion.


Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane is now out at the brand he revamped. Photo: Miguel Villagran / Getty Images

The last few weeks have been rocky for the world of luxury fashion. On Friday, it all came to a head when famed designer Hedi Slimane officially left his post at Saint Laurent.

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Slimane has been good for Saint Laurent. After kicking up a bit of dust by changing the name from Yves Saint Laurent, the former Dior designer has upped profits, put Cara Delevingne in an ad wearing nothing but a blazer, and thrown some huge fashion shows. The 47-year-old Slimane has had an amazing four year run at the Paris-based company so one can only imagine what he has up his sleeve next. But Slimane isn’t the only style guru to switch up jobs recently.

Simon Spurr and actor Sam Page at a Kent and Curwen event. Photo: Rachel Murray / Getty Images

Shortly after the Slimane news broke, it was announced that Simon Spurr was out at Gieves & Hawkes before the designer ever showed his first collection.  The designer had been working at the company’s Kent & Curwen brand prior (after he was shut out of his own brand that still bears his name) and reportedly will now be making a floor lamp collection. The switch up leaves an open seat at Hawkes.

And while it’s unlikely he’ll make the job to that London-based brand, Massimiliano Giornetti could be up for a new role since he’s resigned from Ferragamo. Earlier this month, the designer departed the brand for “just cause” after a decade of service and a final collection full of patterned, boldly colorful looks aimed at a globetrotting man. Where he may end up next is as much your guess as ours but for their purposes, Ferragamo is focusing on their in-house design team. 

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A seat that’s no longer open? The top job at Brioni. A week ago the tatted-up street style star Justin O’Shea was named to head the label. It was slightly surprising in that O’Shea reportedly has no experience as a designer, those he’s racked up quite a few followers on Instagram by virtue of his personal style.