Stefano Pilati out after eight years. While a great designer, and former assistant to Tom Ford, Pilati never created that lust for a brand as Tom Ford did. That itself is a tall order and Stefano did make some lovely clothes and accessories during his tenure.
In contrast, Slimane’s time at Dior Homme was earth-shaking. Men and women wanted those clothes. Karl Lagerfeld is said to have lost all the weight so he could fit into the Dior Homme pants. I don’t recall anything like it other than the crush of Helmut Lang’s first few years on the scene.
He’ll still work on his photography: http://www.hedislimane.com/
Seems like a natural fit in hindsight. So curious to see what he’ll come up with for the ladies! I’m guessing some overt rock n’ roll sex covered up in well-tailored trousers and jackets.