François-Henri Pinault ‘Didn’t Appreciate’ Being Named In YSL Feud

PPR chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault has added his voice to the chorus of opinions surrounding Hedi Slimane‘s debut collection for Saint Laurent. As it turns out, he liked the show, but definitely did not like being pulled into the drama. He told WWD:

“Hedi Slimane did a remarkable job. I liked last Monday’s fashion show very much: the Saint Laurent collection exceeded my expectations. The house needed both a renovation and a return to its roots, and with Hedi, we have started down that road. I totally stand by the house of Yves Saint Laurent and the decisions made by its teams or its artistic director, and I didn’t appreciate that some people tried to use me by linking my name to chatter about invitations or the seating of this or that person.”

One can only assume he’s referring to the piece that started it all: Cathy Horyn‘s post for the New York Times’ On The Runway blog, which called out Pinault’s (reasonable) assertion that all of the invitation drama was “ridiculous” to begin with:

“When I raised the invitation matter with [Slimane’s] boss, Francois-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of PPR, which owns Saint Laurent, Mr. Pinault expressed dismay. ‘That’s ridiculous,’ he said. ‘Journalists should be invited to shows.’ Quite so. But I suspected that Mr. Pinault was in a jam. Having given Mr. Slimane much authority to remake Saint Laurent, he could scarcely take it away from him.”


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