PARIS — Hedi Slimane once again electrified the fashion industry — and practically trumped the Paris men’s shows — by revealing on Sunday that he would join Céline on Feb. 1, and extend the brand into men’s wear, couture and fragrance.
“I am enchanted, what a great choice,” enthused Karl Lagerfeld, one of Slimane’s most enthusiastic fans, who famously shed 90 pounds in order to shimmy into the designer’s skinny threads. “It will be great.”
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of Céline, disclosed the high-profile hire first to WWD on Sunday as the men’s shows drew to a close, with couture taking up the international spotlight from today.
Slimane has been on fashion’s sidelines since April 2016, when he wrapped up a celebrated, and controversial, four-year tenure at Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent and propelled past one billion euros in sales.
Céline is already on the cusp of that revenue threshold and it is understood LVMH believes it can at least double the size of the house, fueled by Slimane’s fame, design chops and a broadening of the product universe.
The first freestanding Céline men’s wear stores are expected bow as early as 2019, adding to a global network that already counts 150 women’s
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