Céline appoints Hedi Slimane as new Creative Director – to launch menwear and Couture

Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent‘s star designer, is joining LVMH‘s Celine from February 1st. Slimane will show his first collection for CELINE next September.

It marks yet another major step in Slimane’s career, who built his reputation at Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007 and at Yves Saint Laurent, (which he rebranded as Saint Laurent) between 2012 and 2016.

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the creative reins of our Céline maison,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, calling Slimane “one of the most talented designers of our time.

According to WWD, the first freestanding Céline men’s boutiques are to open as early as 2019. Slimane’s designs for men are sure to attract keen interest from retailers and fashion fans alike — while perhaps sparking anxiety among some of his designer colleagues in men’s.

In a statement, Slimane said he is “delighted to join Bernard Arnault in 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.”

Slimane takes over Céline from Phoebe Philo, who announced her resignation from the brand last December after an electrifying 10-year tenure

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