Pierre Bergé celebrated his late partner’s legacy last week at the opening of Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibit at the Denver Art Musuem. But while the night was indeed an homage to Saint Laurent’s work, Bergé couldn’t dodge questions about YSL’s new creative director, Hedi Slimane.
Slimane worked at YSL between 1997 and 2000 and was the creative director at Dior Homme for seven years. He switched from designing to photography in 2007, and earlier this month was announced as Stefano Pilati‘s replacement at YSL. Not that anyone was surprised.
Bergé spoke with T Magazine about the news:
“It’s a great problem, very complicated, to recreate the work of a genius. Like trying to rewrite Faulkner. To put your stamp on the name of Yves Saint Laurent requires someone who has talent, conviction, rigor, a demanding nature and a great sense of color.”
He continued say that Slimane is “a man of talent who can preserve the genius and legacy of Yves Saint Laurent.”
To make things even more lovey-dovey, Bergé also told Fashionista:
“I am very, very happy today to have Hedi Slimane because he is a great fashion designer and he has a great talent, a huge talent. I like him, he is a friend and he worked for Saint Laurent a long time ago and he’s a member of the family, of the YSL family. I’m very happy.”
Aw, everyone’s just one big happy family.