by Stephen Garner
Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane

French luxury conglomerate LVMH has announced the appointment of Hedi Slimane as artistic, creative, and image director of French fashion house Céline, with effect from February this year. He will direct all Céline collections, extending to men’s fashion, couture, and fragrances.

The company said in a press release that “Slimane’s talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age, will ensure a further era of exceptional growth and development for this famous Maison.”

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy. “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. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison.”

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