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Ten moments that defined Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent. This morning, news broke that Hedi Slimane has stepped down as creative director at Saint Laurent after three and a half years in the position – a time which saw him transform the house beyond all recognition.

Ten moments that defined Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent

It’s not the first time he’s defined a look that has a ripple effect far beyond the catwalk; he’s credited with ushering in a new age of masculinity during his 2000-2007 tenure at Dior Homme – something embodied by his slim-hipped, young and androgynous street-cast models. Despite the controversy that sometimes surrounded his work at the house, his time at the helm has been an exciting one to watch unfold. So, in light of his just-announced departure, we take a look back at ten of his defining moments as the creative director of the iconic house. After stepping down from his position as artistic director of men’s collections at YSL in 2001 in order to pursue photography in Los Angeles, anticipation for his return ran high. Saint laurent ss16 vogue fr. SS16 Saint Laurent - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - PFW. APPARENTLY, Hedi Slimane is a man who can do no wrong, and so yes, if he wants to serve up a pair of standard looking jeans and a basic tee combo then he jolly well will - likewise, a leather biker jacket, a sparkly mini disco dress, denim-short dungarees, a tiger-print fluffy cardi, a camo-printed army jacket and, yet again, a black Le Smoking trouser suit, regardless of whether or not you might have those items hanging in your wardrobe already.

SS16 Saint Laurent - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - PFW

You probably do. But perhaps not one with a Saint Laurent label sewn in (or, actually, quite possibly you do, since he’s been here before. A lot). But no matter. Tonight, Slimane designed his set as a spinning robotic cube which lit up with strip lighting dimming in and out, the cube divided diagonally into two and the girls – including the return of Agyness Deyn – emerged looking like they had just returned from 12-rounds with Glastonbury.

His finale was in homage to the grunge slip dress, which first appeared in Slimane’s 2013 collection. Fall Winter 2015/2016 Full Fashion Show. SAINT LAURENT / COLLECTION XI. SS14 Video: Hedi Slimane's neon laser light S/S 2014 Saint Laurent Paris show. We've become accustomed to a magnificent light show at Saint Laurent, and once again, creative director Hedi Slimane did not disappoint.

SS14 Video: Hedi Slimane's neon laser light S/S 2014 Saint Laurent Paris show

Guests arriving at the Grand Palais were greeted by a giant modular sculpture of neon pipes hanging in geometric compositions over the catwalk designed by Slimane. As the show began with Edie Campbell looking churlish, yet determined, her roughly cropped do and sharp shouldered mini dress pointing directly towards the 1980s power era, the tubes lit up gradually to create a grid. While the show progressed – this season with a more defined link to the house's archives, Yves Saint Laurent's iconic lip print and Le Smoking cues included – the overhead shapes continued to morph, offering up an impressive light show that mimicked the work of graphic artist Guy de Cointet.

On the runway, Slimane proposed Prince of Wales check for day, by night, leather, over a sheer blouse – another key archive redux.

Saint Laurent PFW S/S 2013

SAINT LAURENT F/W 2013 SHOW (Part I) at the Grand Palais, Paris. SAINT LAURENT F/W 2013 SHOW (Part II) at the Grand Palais, Paris. Saint Laurent on Avenue Montaigne: First pictures 1. Saint Laurent Music Project. Yves Saint Laurent sans Yves : Pierre Bergé « approuve » - Mode. C’est officiel.

Yves Saint Laurent sans Yves : Pierre Bergé « approuve » - Mode

La marque Yves Saint Laurent change de nom et devient « Saint Laurent Paris ». Une nouvelle appellation qui ne prendra effet qu’à partir du printemps 2013, au moment où la première collection d’Hedi Slimane sera mise en vente. Une révolution ? En confiant la création du prêt-à-porter féminin et masculin à Hedi Slimane, la maison YSL s’attendait sans aucun doute à un changement radical. Déjà dans les années 2000, Hedi Slimane avait renommé Christian Dior monsieur, en Dior hommes.

ELLE.fr : Quel effet cela vous fait d’apprendre qu’Yves Saint Laurent change de nom ? ELLE.fr : Que pensez-vous de ce nouveau nom ? ELLE.fr : Est-ce que c'est une volonté de changement ?