On Sunday, the fashion press did one big Coke Zero spittake when news of Raf Simons moving to YSL spread across Twitter. The story traced back to International Herald Tribune online style editor Jessica Michault, who had tweeted, “Suzy Menkes breaks the news that Raf Simons is slated to take over the helm at Yves Saint Laurent,”effectively also breaking the news that Stefano Pilati was leaving YSL.
Turns out, Michault misinterpreted (?) the lede in Suzy Menkes’ review of Jil Sander’s Spring 2012 show this weekend, which was simply: “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.” Menkes mentions the possibility of the move elsewhere but never breaks any actual news.
Speculation or no, it’s still the case Menkes sounds pretty confident that something’s in the water in Paris. As if we hadn’t already seen enough high profile departures this year–Galliano, Decarnin, McKibbon–Pilati leaving YSL would be a big deal… if not much of a surprise, as those rumors have been swirling for a while now. Raf Simons to YSL, however, would come as a bit of a shock. The question is, genius of minimalism though he is, is he the right man for the job?