For his third collection at the maison, Celine’s Creative Director, Hedi Slimane, selected the iconic Dôme des Invalides in Paris to display the brand’s spring/summer ’20 menswear collection. The show space was sparsely lit exciting intrigue. Once the show kicked off, the space got even darker and a large red curtained box glided smoothly down the runway, as the curtains were slowly lifted revealing a retro chandelier-like structure in the center with light fixtures that flickered. At the center of the light structure was a model who walked out onto the runway as the stage lights went up.
The collection has a distinct ‘70s feel to it owing to the leather jackets and fitted jeans. Slim-cut blazers with varsity cardigans, and flares were spotted on the runway. Aviator sunglasses, scarves, woven bags, straw hats, boots and ties complimented the tailored fits.
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Not generally known for his work with denim, or for pioneering the casualisation of high fashion – we’re happy to report that Slimane’s jumped onto that bandwagon. Not to discount the ubiquity of leather trousers on the runway, but this new denim detour is surprising, but not unwelcome.
In typical Slimanian fashion, the collection is based off of a base outfit of leather trousers and neutral shirt, complete with a statement piece (we’re looking at you, cape with gold accent embroidery). Say what you want about his work, but the man delivers. 51 looks, and each of them acing the wearability test, Hedi Slimane knows how to create collections that men desire, and are willing to fork out the dough to buy it.
The indie-rock anthem that accompanied the show is a track by Brooklyn art unit Bodega, set the tone for the occasion as their song Name Escape boomed in the show space (listen below).
Born in France, to a Tunisian father and an Italian mother, Slimane discovered photography as his first art form. In his mid-teenage years, he started making his own clothes, later studying Art History at the Ecole du Louvre. It was tailoring apprenticeships where he learned how to tailor men’s clothes.