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Hedi Slimane makes Celine deubt in Paris

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In what was the most highly anticipated show of fashion month, Slimane’s debut as creative director at Celine (formerly known as Céline) was one for the fashion history books.

Fitting, given that his coveted invites (which guests were scooping up as if abandoned treasure from empty seats post-show) were actual books. Pale grey hardbound ones, filled with black and white pull-out imagery snapped by the famously press shy Slimane himself (he’s also a profolic photographer – and stylist – in case you didn’t know).

Perhaps that shyness is meant to let his work express itself (he operated much in the same manner when he took the over the reins at Yves Saint, famously dropped the “Yves,” and turned the iconic French house upside down with his rocker girl frocks.)

If so, tonight it spoke volumes.

A model walks the runway during the Celine show.
A model walks the runway during the Celine show.AFP/Getty Images

Before a particularly hyped up crowd that included Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld and Virgil Abloh, Slimane unveiled his vision of the formerly minimalist house that catapulted to cult-like fame under former creative director Phoebe Philo.

When the first look — a micro-mini, super poufy, off-shoulder, bow-trimmed polka dot frock paired with black flat boots — emerged from a set of silver, swirling, shimmering Jenga-like blocks, the message was clear: Slimane’s signature grungy, party kid aesthetic is here to stay.

Gone were Philo’s clean palettes, quirky oversized slhouettes, and practical sneakers for the working woman who loves a logo-less “it” handbag.

Slimane’s Celine is for the woman who parties until dawn in layers of tulle and eye-popping sequins toppped with a razor-sharp tailored blazer (that is, if she isn’t borrowing her boyfriend’s).

Hammering the festive vibe home? The very patient staff who were passing around mini Moet bottles decorated with the brand’s new, accent-less logo.

The bottles — collectors items for sure — said it all: the party, it has arrived.



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