You’ve seen this girl crossing the quad on campus, you’ve seen her passing rows of lockers in the high school hallway, you’ve seen her dragged along by her parents on a vacation, or shrugging off track practice and idling on the bleachers. Celine Spring/Summer 2021 captures the insouciant, leggy charm of the teen; it’s a narrow view, but one that we can easily recognize. When seeing this girl, you know she’s not the popular one, but she’s the one who is destined for a late blooming encounter with greatness. She slumps along in socks and sandals, charmingly disruptive combinations of hoodies and floral frocks, assembling an outfit from whatever was lying on her floor that morning. The charm of her effect is that she’s not trying, which makes her even cooler. There is nothing so effectively alluring as effortless style.
Shot on location in Monaco at Louis II Stadium, there wasn’t a sense of Monaco injected in the collection the way you might think. Instead, the flawless racing track (branded with the Celine logo) overpowered the scene, unexpectedly transforming an athletic environment into a fashion catwalk.
Kaia Gerber featured prominently in the promotion of the Celine ‘Monaco’ collection, and true to form, the presentation featured Gerber clones aplenty. They strode down the track in baseball caps, denim mini skirts, chain print joggers, glitter scrunchies, camo bags, sports bras paired with oversized blazers, and bomber jackets. The most banal dress codes of the teenage wardrobe were injected with recherche elements of lamé, embellishment, and silk prints.
It’s this projection of youthful IDGAF attitude that Hedi Slimane has made a cornerstone of his offerings.
Is Gerber’s no-style style powerful enough to shape the direction of a Celine collection? Is her personality beguiling enough to hinge a season on? What’s interesting is that Gerber’s aesthetic was ever-present, but in the collection we also spotted the brand’s new global ambassador Lisa of Blackpink, as well as Rue (Zendaya) from Euphoria, Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) from Gossip Girl, and other not-that-innocent icons from the fantasy screens of television. This is Celine for a TikTok generation. It’s this projection of youthful IDGAF attitude that Hedi Slimane has made a cornerstone of his offerings, but never had they felt more realized than with the Celine ‘Monaco’ collection.