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March 01, 2012  | by: Wendy Vazquez

Stefano Pilati on the runway

Just when things couldn’t get any weirder, they do. After years of rumors that creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati, was leaving the luxury fashion brand, it’s actually now happening. Pilati will be debuting his final collection in Paris on March 5th. Sadly, the brains behind the YSL brand is leaving, however it was quite predictable! Some even go as far to say that he was pushed out.It was said that the problems started with former YSL executive Pierre Bergé, who made it known that he wasn’t too fond of Pilati. On many occasions Bergé “forgot” to put down Pilati’s name on guest lists for events, the most infamous event being YSL’s exhibit at the Petit Palais in Paris in 2010. And Yves Saint Laurent himself expressed his feelings for Pilati in 2005 by saying, “Some of what he does is good. Some of it is not so good.”

Now that Stefano Pilati is stepping down, what’s in store for the legendary fashion brand? The luxury fashion house has yet to confirm a successor, however, all signs point to Former YSL menswear designer Hedi Slimane.

Though some big names at YSL disapproved of Pilati, no one can deny his success at the fashion brand! His work was very successful among YSL consumers, and his designs were very well received among critics. The company has constantly been improving since Stefano Pilati took over for Tom Ford as chief designer in 2004. He was even credited for turning YSL’s loss of $100 million a year around in a Times article last March.

It’s hard to believe that a man who did so much for the fashion company could be given so little credit by the actual brand. Hopefully Stefano Pilati’s talent won’t be wasted, but it shouldn’t be too hard for this fashion genius to move to another fashion house.

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