Stefano Pilati leaves Yves Saint Laurent

The luxury fashion house announced that the creative director is to leave after ten years with the company

Yves Saint Laurent has announced that creative director Stefano Pilato is to leave after ten years with the company.

Pilati, who has been at the head of the maison since 2004, is set to show his final collection at the autumn/winter 2012 show on March 5 in Paris.

The Italian-born designer had worked at various luxury brands including Versace, Dries Van Noten, Valentino, Jil Sander and Miu Miu before joining YSL in 2002. In 2004 he took over from Tom Ford as creative director.

In a statement issued this morning, Yves Saint Laurent 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 announcement comes in the wake of Raf Simons leaving Jil Sander after seven years last week.

A replacement for Pilati will be announced in the coming weeks and it’s rumoured to be the former head of menswear at Dior, Hedi Slimane.

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