The fashion world’s game of musical chairs continues. Yesterday Versus Versace – the younger, cooler line of Versace– announced that Anthony Vaccarello would be leaving. Given the announcement of Hedi Slimane’s departure as creative and image director of Yves Saint Laurent on Friday, it is widely expected that Anthony Vaccarello will be named the new creative director at YSL. Mr. Vaccarello, 33, a Belgian-Italian who has designed his own brand since 2010 and had collaborated with Versus, was named to helm the Versus line only a year ago.
He is now the third designer in a row – joining Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson- to make the jump from leading Versus Versace to become a power broker in the industry. “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter,” Donatella Versace said in a statement to the New York Times. Moving forward we will definitely be monitoring both the direction of Yves Saint Laurent and the next up and coming designer Versus Versace appoints.