Despite Hedi Slimane taking the reigns at Celine nearly a year ago, it’s hard to escape comparisons to Phoebe Philo’s Céline. Slimane made news recently after deciding to drop the accent on the E in Céline and reinventing the entire brand. Not everyone is a fan of Slimane’s choices; After the Spring 2019 show, The Guardian‘s review said, “Hedi Slimane rips up Celine’s female design philosophy at Paris show,” adding, “It was an uncomfortable moment for Slimane to raze to the ground the female design philosophy of a house which, for a decade under Philo, was notable for not equating a woman’s power with her sexuality.”
Despite such comments, it has not stopped Slimane from working toward his vision, which is evident in the new Celine Spring 2019 campaign photos starring Hannah Motler and shot by Slimane himself. It’s clear the creative director’s aesthetic hasn’t changed much since his Saint Laurent days (read: thin, white models, rocker chic vibe).
It remains to be seen whether the Celine customer will respond to Slimane’s vision. We look forward to seeing the new collection hit stores February 2019.