Hedi Slimane debuted his first collection for Celine Spring Summer 2019 on Friday at Paris Fashion Week and fans of the brand are not thrilled about the results. The collection was far from Phoebe Philo’s Céline.
“The entire wardrobe worn by the male models is unisex, and therefore will also be available for women,” said Heidi in the press release. Skinny ties and short skirts were the backbone of the collection, which had a distinctly ’80s vibe. Naturally, almost everything was black, although there were some pops of sparkle. See the collection in its entirety for yourself, below.
Phoebe Philo has left the building and Hedi Slimane has yet to enter at Céline, but the shipments must go on. The fall collection was a What Would Phoebe Do special designed by her team, which broke down into highly commercial pieces that could have been left over from last spring. An ivory knit dress was gathered into bunches fastened with what looked like big bangles in ribbed white resin and gold. Scarf dresses with abstract prints were draped and tied into loose knots around the body, forming a pretty schmatta silhouette. A burgundy leather coat had a weird cape top and there were witchy-chic boots and versions of earthy-glam jewelry that’s in Céline stores now. Philo’s devotees have one more season to get her look, but she took her fairy dust with her.
Hedi Slimane is one of the most charismatic designers of the modern fashion world. He has been named the new Artistic and Creative director of Céline, and will present his first Céline catwalk show in Paris in September. Hedi replaces Phoebe Philo who quit the house this autumn.
Slimane was born to a Tunisian father and an Italian mother and in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the École du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.
The Frenchman began his career as an assistant in fashion marketing at Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s, quickly rising through the ranks to become a designer, before he shot to prominence following his creative directorship of Dior Homme, and his popularisation of a skinny silhouette in menswear. In 2012, he returned to Saint Laurent to helm the brand’s womenswear and menswear labels. In his four years in the position, Slimane’s creative directorship divided opinion, but his LA youth culture-driven collections commanded the attention of the global fashion industry and drove stellar financial results. In April 2016 he departed the storied Parisian house.
Founded by Céline Vipiana in 1945, Céline has a reputation for creating ready-to-wear, bags, footwear and accessories of the highest quality available in the luxury goods industry. But most of their collection only available in select stores even the retailers have online shopping service. But now, you could shop Céline Eyewear at mythesera.com.
Whether you stick with classic black or opt for a pop of pink, Céline Eyewear’s styles are wardrobe essentials. Choose between oversized, square or half-circle, resting assured that the house never compromises quality for style.
Phoebe Philo and Céline are to continue their long and fruitful collaboration. According to WWD, employees of the fashion house, controlled by luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, were reassured this week that the designer and the company are remaining together.
Rumours began circulating last week suggesting that Philo was planning to announce her exit from the brand after eight years at the helm. An internal memo sent around the company acknowledged that these reports were based on “rumours, not truths”, according to WWD.
Philo joined Céline in 2008 after a three-year hiatus and almost single-handedly brought minimalism and realism back to fashion. She also unfurled an array of hit handbags that made the brand a powerhouse in the leather goods category, catapulting sales beyond half a billion euros, according to market sources.
The next Céline show is scheduled for March 6 in Paris.