Yves Saint Laurent appoints Vaccarello as creative director

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PARIS (AP) — The Yves Saint Laurent fashion house has appointed Anthony Vaccarello as creative director, replacing the departing Hedi Slimane.

The 36-year-old Belgian, who designed his own brand since 2009, previously worked at Fendi, and had a three-year stint at Versus Versace, where he was appointed creative director in 2015. Versace confirmed his departure with immediate effect.

In a statement Monday, Yves Saint Laurent praised Vaccarello's "mastering of razor-sharp tailoring techniques" as well as his influences and references which "strongly recall the soul of the maison."

Vaccarello has risen quickly up the ranks after putting Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in a leg-revealing photo shoot in 2012, and then being chosen by Donatella Versace to head her little-sister Versus line.