Following up on the buzz that surrounded Hedi Slimane‘s first Celine show, the fashion house announces it will be joining the Paris menswear calendar in 2019. This slated slot during Paris Fashion Week Men’s will present a more fleshed out range of men’s clothing. At Celine’s Spring/Summer 2019 runway presentation, Slimane unveiled an array of unisex pieces for the formerly womenswear-only brand.
Celine is currently working out a slot with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. There has been no confirmation on whether the show will specifically only include menswear, meaning there is a chance womenswear will also be featured. Notably, Givenchy will also join the menswear schedule. This notes the first time artistic director Clare Waight Keller will be dedicating an entire show to menswear.
According to British Vogue, these swift scheduling changes point to LVMH‘s growing interest in the men’s clothing market. After all, when Slimane was announced as the new creative director of Celine, the brand also shared simultaneously that couture, menswear and fragrances would be newly minted categories.
LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault shared an official statement on the aforementioned categories led by Slimane:
“The objective with him is to reach at least two billion to three billion euros, and perhaps more, within five years. Everything is in place for this brand to achieve quite exceptional growth.”
Designers to keep your eyes on during the upcoming Paris Fashion Week Men’s schedule includes Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones at Dior Homme. Both designers presented their highly anticipated presentations earlier this year which were met with critical commentary and acclaim.
- British Vogue