Stefano Pilati, inspired as usual, focused on uniform tailoring but mixed in laced-up string details and red crocodile loafers. Stefano Pilati (born 1965) is an Italian fashion designer. Since 2002, he has been the head designer of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. The fashion house Georgio Armani hired him as an assistant in its men's ready-to-wear department in 1993, and the fashion house Prada asked Pilati to run its fabric research and development in 1995. In 1998, he was promoted to assistant designer at Miu Miu, a brand of Prada, working on men's and women's ready-to-wear clothing and reporting directly to Miuccia Prada. In 2000, Pilati joined fashion house Yves Saint Laurent to run its ready-to-wear clothing design; he took over in 2002.