Twenty years after treading the runway of the Palais de Tokyo for his second Dior Homme collection, Hedi Slimane returned to this iconic Parisian art spot, usually prized by American designer Rick Owen, this time for Celine, of which he has been the creative director since 2018.
The return of the Parisian house, after two years of absence from the official calendar, was highly anticipated, both by fans of Celine and Hedi Slimane, as well as for the stars present at the show. If almost everyone remembered the atmosphere of madness created, before, during and after, by the presence of Lisa, of Blackpink – queen of K-pop and Celine ambassador since 2020, accompanied by her compatriots Kim Tae-hyung of BTS, better known as V, and actor Park Bo Gum, the frenzy was also on the track.
As a wall of a hundred car headlights illuminated the runway with a bright yellow light, the first models, hands shoved in their pockets, moved to the rhythm of the extremely repetitive soundtrack composed and performed by Gustaf, wearing black leather blazers and jackets richly decorated with rhinestones, bangs and silver beads, previewing a typical Slimane collection, between androgyny and rock star.
What follows remained faithfully in this spirit: retro tuxedos, black suits worn with very thin ties, narrow, straight or slightly flared pants in leather or denim, pointed boots with conical heels, leather pants or faded jeans, short shorts worn with white shirts and black ties as well as black glasses and Chelsea boots with thick soles.