French fashion house Celine has a new creative and artistic director as of 1 February. Hedi Slimane will take the helm next month and will expand the LVMH-owned label’s offering into menswear, couture and fragrance.
“I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline,” said Slimane. “I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”
The brand announced the news on Instagram sharing a picture of the designer with the caption: "Hedi Slimane named Artistic, Creative and Image Director of CÉLINE."
Speaking of the news, Bernard Arnault, LVMH's CEO said: "I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. 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. 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."
The 49-year old designer has previously held tenures at Dior Homme and Saint Laurent and will be taking over from Pheobo Philo, who announced her departure from the brand last December after 10 years as creative director. Slimane’s first collection will debut at Paris Fashion Week in September.