One triggering spring 2019 season later, Hedi Slimane's second go at Celine is here. We've read the think pieces, we've had the arguments, we've shed the tears, and we've obsessively followed the #OldCeline Instagram tribute accounts. In the 12 months since Slimane became Celine's creative director, a divisive new logo, a fresh handbag debut, and an eerily familiar ad campaign (ahem, Saint Laurent) all offered clues into the French fashion house's future. Last September's show was, as suspected, a complete 180 from Philo's thoughtful, minimal Celine.
The departure of Slimane's predecessor Phoebe Philo was a traumatic end of an era, and we (the fashion crowd) love to deliberate, mourn, panic, and jump to the worst possible conclusions. While the general consensus has been "We hate it! We miss Phoebe!", celebrities and their stylists disagree. From Dakota Johnson initiating new Celine-on-the-red carpet, to Lady Gaga at the Grammys, to Brie Larson at the Oscars, Slimane's pieces have made numerous red carpet appearances — and, honestly, we might kind of be into it.
So, as Paris Fashion Week kicks into full gear — after Dries Van Noten inspired us to rethink the relationship between color and clothing, and Loewe's clean silhouettes induced happiness (could Jonathan Anderson replace the Phoebe Philo-shaped hole in our hearts?) — all eyes were on Celine in Paris tonight.
The show started with a model being lowered onto the runway courtesy of one giant robot arm, and it only got more confusing from there. Apparently one season in fashion years actually adds 10 more years, according to Slimane. The new Celine girl is now a lady and she is swapping last season's sparkly mini dresses for pleated skirts and ponchos. She’s moved to Greenwich, CT, and loves organizing her filing cabinet in alphabetical order.