Hedi Slimane joins Céline as Artistic, Creative and Image director

Hedi Slimane has been named as new artistic, creative & image director of Celine by LVMH this morning.   Hedi will take over from Phoebe Philo, who announced her resignation last December, starting February 1st.  Former Saint Laurent Creative director, Hedi will oversee Womenswear, Menswear, Couture and Fragrance.  Phoebe Philo’s style is very different to Hedi, her collections were for made for the working women, like herself.  Slimane was also the founding designer at Dior Homme, and is one of the most controversial designers of his generation. He reinvigorated Yves Saint Laurent with what some critics called a narrowly defined rock look but that sold at record levels for the brand.  Bernard Arnault, chairman & Chief executive of LVMH said in a statement “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.”  Good friend and Hedi admirer Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Chanel, congratulated Slimane saying “I am enchanted, what a great choice”.  
Philo will show her final collection in Paris in March.  Hedi’s first collection will take place in in September 2018.

Jonathan Saunders to step down as Creative Director of DVF

After just 19 months and a relocation to New York, Jonathan Saunders has announced he is stepping down as Chief Creative Officer of Diane Von Furstenberg.  The Scottish designer’s last collection for pre-autumn/winter 2018 was unveiled last month.  Diane Von Furstenberg had personally appointed Saunders for the role and thanked him for his “beautiful work and the effort and dedication he has put into DVF in the last 18 months. He will leave an important and lasting heritage to the brand”.  Saunders was responsible for all product categories, store design, website design, a new corporate brand identity and marketing including advertising campaigns for the iconic brand, established in the 1970’s.
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Diane Von Furstenberg – Fashion Designer