Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati has been rumored from time to time over the past few years to barely be hanging on to his job. The reports have flared up again over the past couple of weeks as Pilati readies to show his fall 2011 collection at Paris Fashion Week. "You know, it affects me," he tells Eric Wilson of the Times.
“I don’t let it go,” he said. “What is it about? I should be here, thinking about how beautiful my job is, and come to the office every day and work with colors and fabrics. But no, you have something that undermines you.”
Pilati attributes the rumors — which YSL reps have repeatedly denied recently and over the years — to jealous colleagues or other people who want his job. Wilson presents evidence that there is little reason to believe them. Most significantly, François-Henri Pinault, the chief of YSL owner PPR, praised Pilati at a recent presentation about the company's finances. He identified the designer as key to the label's $15 million profits — the label's first after ten years of losses.
The rumors may also owe some credit to that thing on which everything can be blamed in These Times: the economy. And it's also important to remember that the people who work in this industry overwhelmingly tend not to be the types to turn down good bitchy gossip.