The end of 2017 represents the end of the line for Céline’s Creative Director, Phoebe Philo. This news hits just a few weeks after Toledano’s resignation from his twenty year reign at Dior to become LVMH’s director. This arising news landed throughout the holiday season and it caused a mixed web of emotions filled with excitement, dispute and speculation. The public couldn’t help wonder: Who could possibly fill her boots? With the New Year dawned a new leader.
The LVMH Group has officially appointed former Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane as the new and almighty; Artistic, Creative, and Image Director of Céline.
This is considered to be the highest accolade and most prestigious title from a group as influential as LVMH. Slimane will be in charge of all line collections extending to men’s fashion, couture and fragrances.
With all big changes in life comes a little anxiety with an aura of suspense. The same goes for this transformation. Although I like to maintain a positive outlook during transitional phases, it is accurate to say tensions are rising with this huge move. A main concern is the difference between design styles that Philo and Slimane have put out in the past. His years at Saint Laurent consisted of reinventing Yves Saint Laurent into Saint Laurent. Along with this, we saw a heavy focus on grunge, skinny jeans, black and leather styling which seemed to represent an artistic realm of Rock & Roll ‘fantasy’.
We have seen Philo’s design representing the everyday professional woman that maintains a strong focus, a notorious sense of reality and ‘conventional’ chic fashion for Céline. Slimane has revolutionised the menswear designer industry and the same can be said for Philo and her mark on womenswear. Does this mean we will start to see a new menswear line for Céline?
As we patiently wait for his first Céline collection this Fall 2018, we ask the question: What is going to happen to the future of our beloved Celine bags?
Slimane is known for his dramatic transformations. Will the simple and minimalistic style of iconic Céline bags be thrown out? Will we see a new focus for new colours? Will Slimane introduce a mens bag range? Or maybe the bags of Céline will keep most of its magnetic simplicity as clothing will be Slimane's main aim?
Whatever your predictions, rest assured we are due for a huge reveal this September. Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH has also provided and positive note on the arrival of Slimane:
“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. 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”.
Slimane’s arrival may be controversial at the moment, but this is an exciting time for Céline and the LMVH. Can’t wait to add new Céline handbags to our Bagista collection!