Earlier this week, LVMH announced that Hedi Slimane will take over Céline on February 1st, adding menswear and couture to the quintessentially-female brand. Previously run by Phoebe Philo, Céline was synonymous with femininity and entirely free from the presence of the male-gaze; simply put, it was clothing for women, designed by a woman. For many, Céline was an aspirational brand—one that was monetarily unattainable for most young women, but aesthetically represented where we hoped to be in the future.

With this idea in mind—the brand as a representation of a purely female design vision—the choice of Hedi Slimane as creative director for Céline seems out of place. He is known for his success, no doubt, but primarily within the menswear world. His designs are marked by elements of the underground punk-rock scene in L.A.—strikingly slim skinny-jeans, studs, leather, low-cut necklines, short hems—while Céline is cherished for its subtle sensuality. A woman in Céline exudes a sexual prowess without offering any "regular" visual cues, where a typical Hedi-silhouette emphasizes and exposes a woman's figure. There is nothing deficient or unappealing about a Slimane-silhouette, for many it's ideal, but the core of the issue here is that the Philo woman is simply not the Slimane woman. How he will interpret this cherished aesthetic is yet to be determined, but it seems that many fear he will turn the brand into something of his own.

Curious to hear what others think about this controversial announcement, I turned to the individuals who know best—Céline collectors here on Heroine. They share their thoughts on the subject below.