Amid news reports of a lawsuit with Yves Saint Laurent parent company, Kering, the French house’s former creative director, Hedi Slimane, appeared to take to Twitter to voice his opinions on the matter in a three-hour tirade. In June, WWD reported that a French commercial court ordered Kering to pay $13 million to Slimane, who lead design at Saint Laurent for four years, in application of a non-compete clause following his departure from Yves Saint Laurent. Slimane’s replacement, designer Anthony Vaccarello debuted his first collection for Saint Laurent late last month, during Paris Fashion Week.
Slimane’s latest apparent social media rant comes after today’s reports that he is seeking additional funds from Kering, to the tune of $2.2 million. According to the same report, Slimane is looking for Kering to apply a partnership agreement giving him certain rights as a minority shareholder in Saint Laurent.
Kering declined to comment on the matter.
When it was revealed in April that Slimane’s contract was expiring — after months of industry gossip about the potential of his imminent departure — François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said the following, in a joint statement with Saint Laurent. “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” said Pinault. “I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”