Hedi Slimane joins YSL

The designer replaces Stefano Pilati as head of the French fashion house

He took a break from fashion for five years to pursue his love of photography, but now Slimane is back with a bang.

The French designer, best known for his role as head of menswear at Dior Homme at the beginning of the Noughties, has been appointed as new creative director for Yves Saint Laurent.
The 42 year old is replacing Italian designer Stefano Pilati.

Pilati has just shown his last collection for YSL at Paris Fashion Week. His A/W 2012 creations went down a storm with American Vogue's editor Anna Wintour giving the much loved designer a standing ovation.

Slimane, who worked for Yves Saint Laurent between 1997 to 2000, will show his designs for the brand with a small collection in June.