And with that breaking news dropping in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, Céline, one of the fashion houses under the massive LVMH umbrella, is said to expand into couture, menswear, and fragrances under Slimane’s helm.

LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault said in a statement, “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. 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.”

Céline’s former creative director Pheobe Philo left the label just before Christmas, and she will be presenting her last collection for the brand in March of this year.

As for Slimane, he was the creative director at Saint Laurent from 2012 to 2016 and is widely credited for modernizing the label with a “rock chick Lolita” vibe. It was also his idea for the fashion house to drop the “Yves” from its name and changing its font into something more contemporary-looking.

Saint Laurent’s 2015 take on “Parisian Rock ‘n’ Roll” under Hedi Slimane’s creative direction. Photo from WGSN Insider.

“I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline,” Slimane has stated. “I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”


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