I almost dropped my smashed egg, avocado toast on the floor when the news popped up in my Instagram feed.
I had this reaction for two reasons:
1. Phoebe Philo’s position at Celine had been filled, (and now I would have an idea of what I would possibly be wearing, or not wearing, beyond SS18).
2. Hedi Slimane, the genius and visionaire behind Dior Homme, and the man who completely shook up YSL, was returning to the fashion industry as the Celine’s Artistic, Creative and Image Director.
I guess that was the kind of reaction the LVMH group wanted when it chose to announce the appointment on a Sunday morning. Take the fashion world - or anyone who is passionate about style - by storm and break the internet and social media, and maybe have you choke on your toast at brunch. Fuel that buzz that will have everyone talking, and hopefully boost sales down the road when Mr. Slimane unveils his first collection for the house.
After the avalanche of Instagram and Twitter posts that ensued and a period of resuscitation and reflection, a moment of thoughtful commentary and reckoning followed. What does Mr. Slimane’s appointment mean for women, what does it mean in regards to the Brand DNA that Phoebe Philo (I wonder what she is thinking right now) has developed over the past 10 years, what does it mean for Celine’s core clients, what does it mean for inclusivity and diversity considering Mr. Slimane’s very specific opioid-chic, aesthetic?
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