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.
After 10 years as Creative Director of the Parisian luxury brand Céline, designer Phoebe Philo is to step down. The British designers final show will be the SS18 show set to take place in Paris in March. In a statement from the brand Philo said “Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years. I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations. It’s been amazing.” Philo joined Céline in 2008, after a tenure at Chloé, and over the 10 years has redefined how women dress, from revitalising the Stan Smith trainer she wore at the end of her catwalk shows, to turning out leather ‘it’ bags with ease as well as her famously edgy campaigns in collaboration with Juergen Teller. Rumours of her next role include a possible move to Burberry.