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Today it has emerged that Anthony Vaccarello won’t be renewing his contract for his role as creative director of luxury fashion label Versus Versace, thereby increasing speculation that he is to be appointed as the new creative director of Saint Laurent. Indeed, this news surfaces only a couple of days after it was announced that Hedi Slimane is leaving his role as creative director and image director of Saint Laurent. Rumours about Slimane’s departure had been circulating for some time, with Vaccarello being tipped as a likely replacement. The close succession of both these announcements would suggest that there might be an element of truth in the speculation. 
Vacarello had not held his position at Versus for long: he had been appointed as creative director of Versus in January last year, as well as running his own eponymous label, which he set up in 2010. He had previously worked at Italian fashion house Fendi. The Belgian-Italian designer has become known for a sexy, dark, rock-and-roll inspired aesthetic, which is one of the reasons why he seems like a plausible successor to Slimane.   
If Vaccarello does go on to be recruited by Saint Laurent, this won’t be the first time that a fashion designer has seen success after a stint working for Donatella Versace’s line. It has previously been a springboard for young talent: Jonathan Anderson and Christopher Kane were both hired by Donatella Versace as designers before then going on to receive financial backing from investors for their own eponymous brands.
In a statement released yesterday, Donatella Versace commented: 'While I'm sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter.'
Whilst Vaccarello’s next career move seems fairly clear-cut, it’ll be interesting to see which designer Donatella Versace selects to head the Versus line.