Hedi Slimane gives rare interview ahead of first Celine show
Hedi Slimane has granted a rare interview to Le Figaro ahead of the
unveiling of his first collection for Celine on Friday.
The notoriously publicity-show Slimane has been busy behind the scenes,
shooting the brand’s first campaign, launching a visual story on its
website and Instagram, introducing a new logo and setting up a men’s,
women’s, couture and fragrance divisions.
In an interview with Laurence Benaïm, Slimane states he is excited to be
back in Paris and rediscover a luxury house that embodies craft, heritage
and savour-faire. He further clarifies he did not set out to wipe the slate
clean of Phoebe Philo’s work, but to rather start a new story in his own
handwriting, respecting both the past and the present.
“The goal is not to go the opposite way of their work either. It would be a
misinterpretation. Respect means preserving the integrity of each
individual, recognising the things that belong to another person with
honesty and discernment.”
Slimane states starting a new chapter at Celine is easier to break free
from the past at a house such as Dior or Saint Laurent. “Celine is a
vision of Paris, a way of being worn… I don’t want to lock it up in
something. There’s no constraint, no model that is linked to a very
important legacy. It’s more of a French idea than a cloakroom. Starting
from here, we can coin a vocabulary.”
The Celine show will be held on Friday, 28 September during Paris Fashion
Photo credit: Celine website