Hedi Slimane debuted his first collection for Celine Spring Summer 2019 on Friday at Paris Fashion Week and fans of the brand are not thrilled about the results. The collection was far from Phoebe Philo’s Céline.
“The entire wardrobe worn by the male models is unisex, and therefore will also be available for women,” said Heidi in the press release. Skinny ties and short skirts were the backbone of the collection, which had a distinctly ’80s vibe. Naturally, almost everything was black, although there were some pops of sparkle. See the collection in its entirety for yourself, below.
Hedi Slimane is one of the most charismatic designers of the modern fashion world. He has been named the new Artistic and Creative director of Céline, and will present his first Céline catwalk show in Paris in September. Hedi replaces Phoebe Philo who quit the house this autumn.
Slimane was born to a Tunisian father and an Italian mother and in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the École du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.
The Frenchman began his career as an assistant in fashion marketing at Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s, quickly rising through the ranks to become a designer, before he shot to prominence following his creative directorship of Dior Homme, and his popularisation of a skinny silhouette in menswear. In 2012, he returned to Saint Laurent to helm the brand’s womenswear and menswear labels. In his four years in the position, Slimane’s creative directorship divided opinion, but his LA youth culture-driven collections commanded the attention of the global fashion industry and drove stellar financial results. In April 2016 he departed the storied Parisian house.
According to WWD, Slimane’s initial contract as Saint Laurent’s creative and image director expired on Thursday. Parent company Kering didn’t name a successor or give a reason for the departure, but said it would soon announce a new creative structure. “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said in a joint statement with Saint Laurent. “I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”