Fast on the heels of the news of Phoebe Philo's departure from Céline, the fashion house appointed renowned designer and former creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, as its new artistic, creative, and image director.
His new title is accompanied by the news that he will helm Céline's move into a men's collection. He'll be responsible for the brand's image as well as all the collections.
Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (of which Céline is a part), made a statement regarding the addition:
He is one of the most talented designers of our time. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French maison.
Karl Lagerfeld is also a fan of the designer and commented, "I am enchanted, what a great choice."
In his own statement, Slimane shared his excitement at joining the successful fashion house: "I am 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."