Just in: Hedi Slimane joins Céline as its Artistic, Creative and Image Director
Fashion's musical chairs
The announcement came less than a month after the news of Phoebe Philo’s resignation broke
LVMH has announced the appointment of Hedi Slimane as the Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline, and he officially starts at the Frech Maison on February 1. Aside from overseeing its womenswear collections, the designer "is to lead Celine into menswear, couture and fragrance" as well, according to WWD. He'll be unveiling his first men's and women's collection in September during Paris Fashion Week, and the French house is setting its sights to open its first standalone men's boutique "as early as 2019".
"I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers". — Hedi Slimane
Calling Hedi "one of the most talented designers of our time", Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton says, "I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women's and men's fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison".
Hedi Slimane was previously the creative director for Dior Homme (from 2000 to 2007) and Saint Laurent (from 2012 to 2016).