All eyes were on Hedi Slimane today as he sent his first collection for Celine down the runway at Paris Fashion Week. After debuting a new logo (sans the é accent) and his first Celine bag on the arm of Lady Gaga, many wondered what the creative director had up his sleeve for the brand previously helmed by Phoebe Philo. And according to today’s runway show, it’s a whole new Celine.
Sticking to the ’80s glam he made his signature at Saint Laurent, Slimane sent a collection full of glitzy, party-ready looks and suiting down the Celine runway. There were sparkling mini dresses, studded leather, and exaggerated ’80s silhouettes. The collection, which featured both men’s and women’s, included a total of 96 looks.
It was a stark contrast from Phoebe Philo’s tailored masculine-meets-feminine take on the brand. Now, an array of sparkling minis and feathered frocks suggested the new Celine woman is more interested in dressing for the party scene than for the office. As each look hit the runway, it was impossible not to think of Slimane’s Saint Laurent—the similarities so striking.
On Twitter, many were upset that Slimane had so drastically changed the aesthetic of Celine. And many were also quick to call out the resemblance between Slimane’s Saint Laurent and Slimane’s Celine.
Hedi does Hedi (at Dior) does Hedi (at Saint Laurent) does Hedi (at Celine) does Hedi …
— Julie Zerbo (@ZerboJulie) September 28, 2018
New Celine, Old Saint Laurent. #PFW pic.twitter.com/xhDRyaWitR
— M. (@MEENAVOGUEE) September 28, 2018
Wow Hedi Slimane really gives zero fucks!
— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@alyssavingan) September 28, 2018
Plus ça change…Hedi Slimane’s first @Céline show. Well, the hats were new for him #PFW pic.twitter.com/mK4JWFcFST
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 28, 2018
Behold the new CELINE woman pic.twitter.com/oaSLlmOt9K
— bryanboy (@bryanboy) September 28, 2018
Slimane was appointed as the new artistic, creative, and image director for Celine back in February, succeeding Phoebe Philo’s 10-year run as creative director. And while his signature ’80s glam-meets-grunge aesthetic seemed to work well at Saint Laurent, it’ll be interesting to see whether that remains true for the Celine woman.
From Harper’s Bazaar
Photos courtesy of Indigital.tv