Hedi Slimane Triumphs with His Best Collection for Celine Yet | Savoir Flair
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Hedi Slimane Triumphs with His Best Collection for Celine Yet
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by Grace Gordon 4-minute read March 13, 2024

A tinge of nostalgia and a loving tribute to Richard Avedon boosted the desirability of the Celine Fall/Winter 2024 to the highest degree.

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Is it just me, or is the Celine Fall/Winter 2024 collection the best thing Hedi Slimane has ever done? I know that the statement might sound hyperbolic given his long and illustrious career in the fashion industry at Dior, Saint Laurent, and now at Celine, but the man really deserves his flowers for this one. It is the literal definition of chic. For years now, Celine has shown off-calendar via video format, which has allowed Slimane to get really creative with his show presentations. He’s taken us to The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, to Ramatuelle in Saint Tropez, to the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, and now, he’s taking us to the Arc de Triomphe – the Parisian landmark that Celine famously borrows its chain link motif from.

Richard Avedon, who just happens to be one of fashion’s most famous photographers, was Slimane’s longtime mentor and friend, and his work became the fil rouge that permeates the Celine Fall/Winter 2024 collection. Avedon is responsible for the iconic portraiture of the world’s chicest women: Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Dovima with Elephants, Veruschka leaping in the air, the composite of Audrey Hepburn wearing an elongated knit… the list goes on ad infinitum

For Fall/Winter 2024, Slimane effortlessly captures the Avedon woman in a way that is both nostalgic and modern. Shapes were miniature and precise, and there was nary a denim jean or trouser in sight. Instead, the focus was on micro-mini lengths, showcasing legs for days and chic little boots. Looks were topped with sunglasses and smart caps. There were shrunken jackets with perfect rows of buttons, pearl chokers, perfectly shaped furs, and mini dresses with embellished criss-cross halter necks. 

It was a Swingin’ 60s dream come to life and then duplicated along mirrored interiors as the models strode forward in confident lockstep. While not revolutionary in its overall aesthetic, Slimane wasn’t interested in reinventing the wheel but rather perfecting it. That’s the feeling one gets when viewing this collection; one is looking at perfection. It is the absolute essence of stylish sophistication, captured in such a loving tribute to his mentor. It’s quite a feat to create something with codes so strongly associated with a bygone era and to make them feel fresh and new again, but Slimane is nothing if not fashion’s soothsayer. He always seems to know what we want before we do.

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Slimane is nothing if not fashion’s soothsayer. He always seems to KNOW what we want before we do.

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