In the wake of Raf Simons' gorgeous spring collection for Jil Sander and subsequent review by Suzy Menkes, a veritable media frenzy erupted over the weekend thanks to a statement by the respected fashion journalist that
“if Raf Simons ultimately takes over the helm at Yves Saint Laurent—as those familiar with the situation in Paris suggest--the designer will have found a sweet spot for his meticulous modernism.”
Well, turns out that his sweet spot is still at the helm of Jil Sander, and Stefano Pilati is still secure in his position as creative designer at Yves Saint Laurent.
Per a release we just received this morning from Yves Saint Laurent:
Yves Saint Laurent disclaims and regards as unfounded the current rumors concerning the creative direction of the house. Stefano Pilati continues to dedicate his talent and energies to Yves Saint Laurent and the coming fashion show.
Jil Sander is also refuting the rumors. According to Elle UK, Raf Simons has apparently just signed a contract for another four seasons as Jil Sander's creative director.
This is one of those rumors that originated on Twitter--which sometimes can be better than any "official" news source--but which also sometimes proves to be a liability. Jessica Michault, the online style editor of the International Herald Tribune tweeted: "Suzy Menkes breaks the news that Raf Simons is slated to take over the helm at Yves Saint Laurent. Read it online on the NYT." Her next tweet provided a link to Menkes' review. This was immediately picked up by fashion-y types, like Joe Zee, who tweeted: "Just landed in NYC and read about Raf Simons taking over YSL??? WOW!!!!" His next tweet was: "Clarification: Sorry didn't mean to get everyone excited. I meant to write Suzy wrote Raf COULD take over YSL. #FashionClarification." Ultimately, the seed was planted by Menkes, but the Twitter wind blew it all over creation.
But even if there are no designer switcheroos in motion right now, it seems unlikely that Suzy Menkes would make that sort of implication unfounded in the New York Times. So we'll quit buzzing for now and wait and see. We'll especially be looking forward to Pilati's spring collection for YSL on October 3.