Hedi Slimane Is The New Creative Director Of Céline
The former Saint Laurent designer is launching a new menswear collection.
Hedi Slimane has been named the creative director of Céline where he will be launching a ready-to-wear men’s collection for the first time in the brand's history.
Slimane is the former creative director of Yves Saint Laurent (he re-dubbed it, simply, Saint Laurent). His aesthetic—sexy, grunge-y, rock and roll-inspired skinny jeans and slim cut tailoring—was a huge commercial success, helping to treble the brand's profits before his departure in 2016. The French-born designer had a similar impact earlier in his career at Dior Homme, where his all-black, super skinny look was hugely influential in how men dressed in the early 2000s.
Slimane officially joins Céline on 1 February, replacing Phoebe Philo whose last collection for the brand will be shown in Paris this coming March. He will also produce couture and fragrance for the brand.
"I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault [chairman and CEO of LVMH] in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline," Slimane said in a statement. "I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers."
Added Arnault, who worked with Slimane when he was leading Dior Homme: "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. 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."