Fashion designer Slimane makes progress in legal fight against Kering

French designer Hedi Slimane appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Saint Laurent Paris during Paris fashion week October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

(Story corrects second paragraph to show case concerns access to information regarding Yves Saint Laurent, not GG France Holding)

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Yves Saint Laurent star designer Hedi Slimane won a court ruling in his favor on Friday regarding his ongoing legal battle against previous employer Kering.

A Paris commercial court said Slimane should have access to financial information regarding Yves Saint Laurent. This access had been challenged by GG France Holding, which is part of Kering and the main shareholder of Yves Saint Laurent.

Leon del Forno, speaking on behalf of the Temime law firm acting for Slimane, said Slimane was “extremely satisfied” by the ruling, while a Kering spokeswoman had no immediate comment to make on the court decision.

In June, Kering was ordered in a separate, interim court ruling to pay Slimane $13 million regarding the way his departure from the company this year was handled. Kering said at the time it would appeal against that verdict.

Slimane’s departure from Yves Saint Laurent and the subsequent court battle made waves in the fashion industry given the high-profile status of Slimane, who designed clothes for rock star David Bowie and actor Brad Pitt among others.

Kering hired former Versace designer Anthony Vaccarello to replace Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent this year.

Reporting by Chine Labbe; writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Mark Heinrich