Hedi Slimane is headed to Céline

The designer has been named as artistic, creative, and image director and is set to branch out into menswear, fragrance and couture

In the latest round of fashion’s musical chairs, it has been announced that Hedi Slimane will be taking over the role of creative director at Céline. Previously at Dior Homme from 2000-2007, most recently the designer was at the helm of YSL – which under his direction was rebranded Saint Laurent – from 2012-2016.

According to WWD, Slimane will join the Parisian house on Feb 1 but won’t present his first collection until the SS19 shows in September. In a first for Céline, under Slimane’s direction the label will branch out into menswear – presented alongside the womenswear collections.

In addition, there will also be an extension into fragrance and a made-to-measure service that will essentially act as couture. He will hold the rather unique title of artistic, creative, and image director – so expect him to have total control over the brand’s campaigns and visual output as well as its clothes.

Current creative director Phoebe Philo will present her final collection in March and although there are rumours she is replacing Christopher Bailey at Burberry, it has been confirmed that she will not be taking over any other design houses in the near future.