Hedi Slimane will be taking on a major new role at Céline succeeding the highly adored Phoebe Philo and redefining the fashion label.
The former head of Saint Laurent has been hired as Céline's new artistic, creative and image director, a post Hedi will start on February 1, reports WWD,
The 49-year-old won't just be taking the reigns of Céline's women's clothing, either. He'll also be taking the brand into uncharted territory with menswear, couture, and fragrance. Silmanne has been a huge player in the fashion world for almost two decades. He lead Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. Then, he worked as the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent from 2012 to 2016, which he famously renamed Saint Laurent.
“I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global acclaim in the 2000s," Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, said in a statement. "His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison. Hedi will oversee 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 esthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French maison.”
Slimane's first collections for Céline will be unveiled in September at Paris Fashion Week in September, watch this space!