In the words of Oscar Wilde, “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Cue Hedi Slimane’s September womenwear debut at Celine.
And we won’t have to wait until February for act 2, either. Slimane will officially debut Celine menswear during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January.
The September show did provide us with something of an amuse-bouche, though. The runway, overlooked by Napoleon’s tomb at Paris’ Hotel des Invalides, alternated between male and female models; however, many of the show’s ladies were actually wearing unisex looks, as well.
The January show will be the first time Slimane will have presented a full-on men’s collection (last was spring ’16 for Saint Laurent) in about three years and the first full Celine men’s collection.
“The guy is a genius, and everything he touches turns to gold,” Browns Fashion men’s buying manager Dean Cook told FN this year.
“Hedi is one of the most creative designers out there, but he is also incredibly commercial,” agreed Le Bon Marché men’s director Franck Nauerz.
The house confirmed to French website Fashion Network that it was in talks with the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion, the governing body of French fashion, regarding a specific date on the men’s show calendar.
As for whether Slimane will return the favor and put women’s looks on the men’s runway, that remains to be seen. Expect the unexpected.
Paris Men’s Fashion Week runs Jan. 15-20.