Hedi Slimane will lead Céline into the world of menswear, couture, and fragrance as the brand's new artistic, creative and image director, as reported by WWD.

The article states that Slimane will join the LMVH brand on February 1st. His first collection will be showcased during Paris Fashion Week next September. Slimane succeeds Phoebe Philo, who spent a decade at Céline, transforming the brand into a luxury label during her stint.

"I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers," Slimane said in a statement. LMVH chief Bernard Arnault was similarly buoyant, stating: “I am particularly happy that Hedi Slimane 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.”

It marks a homecoming for Slimane, who worked at Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He then joined Yves Saint Laurent, working as creative director from 2012-2016, famously reinventing the house and changing its name to Saint Laurent.

The news has been well-received so far, with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld expressing their delight. Find some additional takes below.

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