stefano pilati black and white portrait.jpgIt is a case of designer musical chairs at the moment with designers shuffling in and out of fashion houses at lightning speed.

First up, later today it is expected that Yves Saint Laurent will announce the departure of Stefano Pilati. On the eve of Paris Fashion Week it is believed the designer will step down from YSL following the presentation of his final ready-to-wear collection on March 5. Rumours are already sprouting up to suggest that Hedi Slimane will take over the top spot as creative director.

"We are all at Yves Saint Laurent grateful to Stefano for his important achievements in advancing the mission and success of this historic and treasured fashion house," Paul Deneve, chief executive officer at YSL, told WWD.

Last week we reported the news that Raf Simons was leaving Jil Sander just 48 hours prior to unveiling the label's Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at Milan Fashion Week. Now it has been confirmed that Jil Sander herself is poised to return to the label she founded following an eight year absence.

"At the moment, there seems to be a craving for authenticity and clear visions. I am confident that this is the time for modern sophistication, for attractive, wearable fashion which is true to the new century," she told WWD.

Sander is expected to re-join the company tomorrow and will launch her comeback men's collection in June for the Spring 2013 season.