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.”