Last month, when Phoebe Philo announced she was leaving Céline after a decade, it resulted in a lot of questions. The most common one being, who would take over for her at the French fashion house?
Now, it’s official, Hedi Slimane is joining Céline on February 1 as artistic, creative, and image director. The French photographer and fashion designer is a surprising choice for the fashion line known for its ready-to-wear female fashion, since he’s best known for menswear.
He created Dior Homme in 2000 and in the seven years he spent there made the skinny silhouette a thing in menswear. In 2012, he returned to Yves Saint Laurent where he was in charge of the womenswear and menswear labels and renamed the line Saint Laurent.
In a statement, Slimane said he was “delighted” to join this “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.”
It was a similar sentiment from LVMH chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault, who previously worked with Slimane at Dior.
“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline maison,” he said. “He is one of the most talented designers of our time. 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.”
Karl Lagerfeld — who reportedly slimmed down to fit into Slimane’s slim designs — was also overjoyed with the new hiring, according to WWD he said,
“I am enchanted, what a great choice. It will be great.”
This week i’m going to talk about Rosie Assoulin, she is a fashion designer. I love her clothes. It’s special but still my kind of thing! It’s not only pretty but you can see she put a lot of thought in the items!
Rosie Assoulin grew up in Brooklyn and always knew that fashion was her one true love. She dedicated her time to honing her skills, initially under the tutelage of her mentor and future mother in law, the veteran jewelry designer, Roxanne Assoulin, at Lee Angel. After a brief stint at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she found herself at Oscar de la Renta in New York City, watching the always elegant Mr. de la Renta drape, cut and pin his legendary designs.
Later, Rosie sought out a life altering opportunity to spend time with the design studio Lanvin in Paris, where she bore witness to Alber Elbaz’s pure, unbridled creativity and unmatched design talent. Along with a few years in event and floral design, she found that every moment is an opportunity to cultivate her perspective.
In late 2012, Rosie decisively turned back towards her first love, fashion, and her eponymous collection made its debut for Resort 2014. The Rosie Assoulin design aesthetic toes the line between the romantically fantastical and the reliably practical.