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it seems like it's just lvmh needing to be all "on top" that they've done this, nothing else

i love hedi but yeah .. would have preferred not to see him at this exact brand. i am happy we will get to see his work again though !

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I think Hedi did what he did at YSL because the brand was in dying need of a turnaround. They needed to bring up slumping sales and he had to go all the way over there, or it would not have worked. I don't think he will go to Celine and do the same thing as YSL, he'll create a new aesthetic and adapt.

If revenues at Celine is already approaching a billion, there's not great need to alter entirely. If what the report stated is true about LVMH looking to double that figure, then I think the decision was more about him introducing menswear, fragrances, and E-commerce, which Celine doesn't do yet.

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If all he did was to boost the sales. How is it possible for him to even suggest all these mindless narcisstic changes to begin with? And as for the clothes, to go over the top thrifty even more in the end of his tenure and wouldn't dare to get some guts to propose something creative? Man is just about sticking with that basic look, always and forever.

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If all he did was to boost the sales. How is it possible for him to even suggest all these mindless narcisstic changes to begin with? And as for the clothes, to go over the top thrifty even more in the end of his tenure and wouldn't dare to get some guts to propose something creative? Man is just about sticking with that basic look, always and forever.
I think that speaks more about the customer base than Hedi. Rule #1 of business, give the customers what they want, not what you want them to want

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People forget how good his Dior Homme years were... He completely changed menswear...
This yes!

You can hate his aesthetics of course, but it is undeniable that he has a strong vision and is quite a genius when it comes to building an image (and managing his career! I can't even begin to imagine what his contract with Céline must contain).

And guys at least it is not Jacquemus... That would have resulted in very sad, underwhelming Phoebe Philo copying. Her Céline years were so majestic that I prefer that the brands goes completely in another direction rather than serving a diluted/ lifeless/ boring version of what she was doing.

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Believe me, if Alber wanted to work, i think it would have been done already. It's not like he is hiding...
It's the reason I find it strange he is not at a big house already. He is not hiding, but there have been no rumors about him being a contender for any maajor job, either, right? If it is, indeed, his own choice, then more power to him, and I hope he comes back when he feels ready.

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Such an unexpected choice and I'm honestly disappointed. While it is exciting and smart that they are doing menswear, I've never really been a fan of Heidi's work. I don't care how well it'll sell, Céline is a brand with such a strong identity that if he turns it into Saint Laurent 2.0 then I'll just cry.

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YIKES

not lookign forward to celine turning into a teenage-baiting faux rocknroll mess.

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Believe me, if Alber wanted to work, i think it would have been done already. It's not like he is hiding...
Not hiding but waiting....

This is rather unexpected yet very clever. Phoebe's success definitely gave LVMH the confidence to accelerate Celine into a major bankable fashion house. It makes sense to hire Slimane because more than anyone else he is able to start things from scratch such as the menswear and perfumes. Its also perfect for Slimane because his insistence of having complete creative control over all aspects would have been rather complicated at all other big houses, including Chanel.

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I love him but if he sends another parade of teenage angst down the runway I'm done.

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I think that speaks more about the customer base than Hedi. Rule #1 of business, give the customers what they want, not what you want them to want
And tell me it's not what Celine heads expect

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From a positive point of view for Zara and H&M "design" departments this is such huge great news!! It´s easier copying Slimane than Phoebe´s work!

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And tell me it's not what Celine heads expect
lol like I said, I believe he will adapt. Hedi has an acute sense of identifying what the customer wants and giving it to them. Doubt he will change so drastically so as to alienate all existing customers, but the change will be different enough to bring in new ones.

Can we at least give him a chance to see what he does tho?

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Can we at least give him a chance to see what he does tho?

this is what people were saying before SL... And what he delivered was his usual teeange thrift store aesthetic and lots of money from fashion victims.

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I think Hedi did what he did at YSL because the brand was in dying need of a turnaround. They needed to bring up slumping sales and he had to go all the way over there, or it would not have worked. I don't think he will go to Celine and do the same thing as YSL, he'll create a new aesthetic and adapt.

If revenues at Celine is already approaching a billion, there's not great need to alter entirely. If what the report stated is true about LVMH looking to double that figure, then I think the decision was more about him introducing menswear, fragrances, and E-commerce, which Celine doesn't do yet.
This is Hedi Slimane. He is not going to change his aesthetic for nobody.
Let's not talk like YSL was a dying house. YSL hit rock bottom in the 90's when Hedi was there first. Yes, Alber and Tom helped the brand doing good but the brand became profitable with Pilati. The real problem was that the accessories business was stronger than the RTW in an excessive way and that with clothes not selling, mixed to bad reviews and above all Pierre Bergé saying to everyone who wants to hear it that the designer in charge is not good...Quite difficult to maintain an healthy relationship.

Hedi is not going to change anything in his aesthetic. My only hope is that it evolves beyond his obsession with young skinny rockers. It's a 4 year contract and i want to see something else.

LVMH is cashing into a star designer because it allows them to do a 180° shift.

Hedi is obviously very ambitious so i wonder why they didn't offered him the Dior job. I find it so weird to have KVA and Hedi Slimane in the same group...

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