Last night, Hedi Slimane presented his first men’s line for Celine at a venue erected in Paris’ sparkling Place de la Concorde.
Despite the brand having no heritage of male collections, it was still one of the most anticipated shows of the week, which reflected Slimane’s design aesthetic and yet was a little more polished than anticipated – a fitting end to a men’s season that has seen many designers favour smart dressing over streetwear.
Dedicated to the ‘British Youth’, we saw plaid jackets, leather bikers, as well as familiar Slimane signatures, but with a twist. His slim suiting came with pleated baggy pants, while a series of fantastic coats boarded on elegance and punk. The skinny ties will be a hit with the younger fans, as will the shoes and sunglasses. In a statement, he said:
“I started traveling back to London from California, in early May last year. After spending a lot of time in London in the early 2000s documenting the then emerging indie music scene, I have maintained a strong connection to Britain and predominantly British music.I had been listening to some interesting new music coming out of the UK, a resurgence of the new wave and post punk sound, and initially returned there to photograph some of these inspiring young musicians. From that point onwards, the collection began to build itself as a way of documenting, or a “Polaroid” snapshot of this young British creative community.”
It was a fresh point of a view from the designer, but was it a bit on the safe side? Only time will tell.