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Has Hedi Slimane finally found his Celine-shaped niche?

The Celine woman by Hedi Slimane mixes bourgeoise with bohemian in his new collection for the label.
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Twelve months after his first show for Celine which divided fashion opinion, Hedi Slimane wrote revealed his third collection for the label at Paris Fashion Week. 

Unlike his controversial debut show, Slimane’s Spring Summer 2020 collection arguably has a lot more in common with his Fall Winter 2019 pieces, shown earlier this year. Again, for the new collection the designer went back to the history books pulling inspiration from the label’s 1970s and 1980s heritage. 

In some ways, Slimane seems to have shed much of his rock and roll past in favour of the bourgeoise-inspired pieces which built Celine from a small boutique in the 1970s to the global brand it is today. From flared jeans to culottes and flowing midi dresses, it was easy to see the journey the designer has taken between the current season and next Spring/Summer.  

Elsewhere, however, there were hints towards the designer’s Saint Laurent rock and roll past - for example, military jackets with gold brocade (reminiscent of 1970s rock god Jimi Hendrix). These were complemented by a concert aesthetic (there was a glittering backdrop with a simple monochrome runway) and rock music playing throughout. 

Through marrying Celine’s seventies heritage with pieces that felt as though they had just stepped out of Woodstock, perhaps Slimane has found his niche at the French fashion house.


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