Anthony Vaccarello | the new ysl

In the February issue of theCODE|Magazine, Sandy Tsantaki highlights all the things we should know about Anthony Vaccarello as the most possible successor of Hedi Slimane at the House of YSL.  
A few days ago, the House confirmed the rumors and named Anthony Vaccarello as the new Creative Director of Maison Yves Saint Laurent.
And you, are you still trying to learn his name?
See the original article here or keep reading…

Anthony Vaccarello


Anthony Vaccarello feels uneasy being photographed next to Donatella Versace. He can’t do differently, he is the Creative Director of Versus line…
He is based in Paris, became recognized as a graduate from the famous Belgian school La Cambre, he is 36-year old, half Italian half Belgian, born in Brussels.
He designs the most sexy black dresses which haven’t been seen since the Gianni Versace era.


Fast Facts

Donatella states that she has never seen someone design, work and create so fast.
He speaks using his hands, without taking a breath; he loves strict structures as much as deconstructing stereotypes; he isn’t frightened of nudity although has no desire or intention to expose a woman.

Everything began when Anja Rubik appeared at the Met Gala in 2012 wearing a revealing white creation bearing his signature. It was there, at the biggest fashion parade after the Oscars, that Donatella Versace noticed him.
After that, his creations were worn by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen and again by Anja Rubik who found herself banned by Instagram when she uploaded her photograph wearing an Anthony Vaccarello dress which revealed her bust.

His friend and muse is Lou Doillon. He himself wants to design sexy collections without being crude. 

I think that there is a fine line. Everything has to do with the woman wearing the creation. As a designer, you know the client’s limits with regard to what she is able to wear. Even when she likes something, it may not be the right choice for her body. Certain pieces can seem chic on one girl and not on another. So everything has to do with a woman’s personality and attitude.

He has studied sculpture. He prefers to create clothes around the body. He is proud of himself for when he won an award at the Hyeres Festival in 2006, Ann Demeulemeester was on the judging panel. The whole collection was made of leather and it was then that he worked at the House of Fendi for 2 years to experiment with fur. And meet Karl Lagerfeld in person.

In 2008, he left Rome to settle in Paris with a view to launch his own name, accompanied by his designer and life partner, Arnaud Michaux. The couple live and work in a 19th century building in Marais. Their home is on the 4th floor and the atelier on the 1st.

What does he reveal in his interviews? He talks openly about bad taste, claiming that women should be taking bigger risks, while famous stars dream about appearing on the red carpet like princesses, like a fantasy. He is inspired by Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace and Helmut Lang.

He declares himself an observer, he has architectural obsessions with sharp lines and beauty and is inspired by the dynamic and independent women who move in the streets of Paris.

His biggest guilt is that he sleeps at least 8 hours a day.

As Creative Director of Maison Yves Saint Laurent, he will probably have to change his habits.

Yves Saint Laurent Instagram

The maison has essentially rebooted its Instagram account, leaving only one new post featuring an image of the brand’s new Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. The caption reads: “Anthony Vaccarello appointed as Creative Director of the maison Yves Saint Laurent.”



the CODE Magazine | February 2016