Since taking the reigns at Celine, Hedi Slimane has overseen a sea of change at the Parisian house. In the short twenty months since his appointment as Artistic, Creative and Image Director, Slimane has forgone the logo accent to better resemble that of the 1960s, reverted back to mid-century house codes for womenswear and introduced a menswear line. The latest move from the French revolutionary is the Celine Haute Parfumerie.
An extension of his androgynous stylistic codes, eleven unisex fragrances in sleek, modern, rectangular glass bottles, are due to be released by the house. Each developed by Slimane; the scents are inspired by both French parfum tradition and his personal experiences and interpretations of culture.
The couturier personally named each scent and categorised them into day and night as suggested guidelines for wearability. Each day bottle has been named after famous Parisian landmarks, with the exception of eau de Californie, Slimane’s tribute to his own Californian period, and the night scents named ‘Black Tie’, ‘Reptile’ and ‘Nightclubbing’.
This venture is not Slimane's first foray into fragrance, back in 2004 he released a series of scents during his stint as Creative Director at Dior Homme, creating the first colognes at the house since its founding in 1947. Undertaking a similar challenge at Celine, who have largely steered clear of the fragrance aisle until now - with the exception of Vent Fou, a predominantly floral bouquet released in 1964.
Available from October 2019, visit celine.com
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