In the fashion realm, no name is more polarizing than Hedi Slimane. Able to elicit a disapproving glare and round of applause in equal measure, the 50-year-old has a vision and boy is he hellbent on sticking to it. Flitting between the huge houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, he has now wound up at an equally impressive brand: Celine (without the é). Staunch fans of the label’s previous creative director Phoebe Philo were practically traumatized at the announcement back in January. Philophiles, as they are affectionately known, may have a point. How could someone with a firm oeuvre of youth-based rock ‘n’ roll possibly satisfy the desires of Celine’s grown-up woman? The answer? He won’t. Despite rocketing the brand’s sales from €200 million to more than €700 million during her tenure, bosses are clearly taking the house in a new direction. (See Celine’s recently wiped Instagram for further proof.)

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