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Hedi Slimane poised to take Stefano Pilati's role at YSL

Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati is to leave his position at the luxury brand with Hedi Slimane, former head of design at Dior menswear poised to take on the role.

According to French newswire Agence France Presse, the French fashion brand has signed a contract with Slimane with the announcement about the appointment expected during Paris Fashion Week, which starts on Tuesday. A spokesman for YSL’s parent company PPR declined to comment.

Pilati, who has been at YSL since 2004, will leave after his final show in Paris on March 5. It is not known if he has a new role to go to.

YSL chief executive officer Paul Deneve said: “We are all at Yves Saint Laurent grateful to Stefano for his important achievements in advancing the mission and success of this historic and treasured fashion house.”

The last week has seen much change at designer labels, with Jil Sander announcing the departure of its creative director Raf Simons and designer Jil Sander stepping back into the role.

With both Simons and Pilati back on the job market, speculation surrounding who will take on the creative director role at Dior is mounting. The position has been vacant since disgraced designer John Galliano left in February last year.

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