Céline’s show was one of the buzziest of Paris Fashion Week — and with good reason.
The spring ’19 collection, shown on the runway today, marks Hedi Slimane’s debut for the French label.
Reactions to the show were decidedly mixed, with many fashion writers and fans pointing out that the clothing looked similar to what Slimane designed when he was at Saint Laurent.
“For those expecting the new Celine to look like Saint Laurent, you were…. not wrong,” Fashionista.com deputy editor Tyler McCall wrote.
Fashion blogger Bryanboy tweeted out, “Behold the new CELINE woman,” causing stylist Brad Goreski to reply, “She looks like the Saint Laurent woman.”
New York Times fashion writer Vanessa Friedman also took note of the similarity to Slimane’s previous work, writing, “Plus ça change…Hedi Slimane’s first @Céline show. Well, the hats were new for him.”
The collection — which featured lots of leather, glittery minidresses and skinny trousers — felt similar to Slimane’s previous work but markedly different from what Phoebe Philo produced while at the label’s helm.
Lou Stoppard, a writer at British GQ, noted this, writing, “Celine was f***ing horrible. A big f*** you to women who just wanted something non-demeaning to wear.”
Vox writer Eliza Brooke also pointed this out, writing that the collection felt like a “f*** you” to fans of the label.
“I’m sorry to tweet about fashion right now, but it’s just too perfect that Hedi Slimane’s first collection for Céline is, predictably, a giant f***-you to women who love Céline,” she wrote.
Slimane has dealt with backlash before: When he first took over at Saint Laurent, reactions were mixed at best. While the looks offered on the runway were distinct from past Céline collections, it’s possible that his designs will be better-received in time.
See the spring ’19 runway.
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