Hedi Slimane revamps Celine (again) at Paris Fashion Week

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Last September, Hedi Slimane unveiled his first collection for Celine — after dropping the accent from the house’sname — and became the talk of Paris Fashion Week.

His debut consisted primarily of micro-mini embellished frocks (some polka dotted, some topped with bows), rocker-inspired boots and sharply tailored suits, all very much in line with Hedi’s signature party-girl aesthetic.It was the antithesis of prior creative director Phoebe Philo — worshipped for her chic, minimalist threads — and so the industry rebelled against Hedi’s rebellion by creating a hashtag (#oldceline) and an Instagram account bearing the same name. It quickly racked up hundreds of thousands of followers.

But what is “old Céline,” exactly?It depends on which generation you ask.For the current crop of editors and style stars, it’s most likely Philo’s vision. But for those with longer memories, the idea of “old Céline” looks very much in line with the collection Slimane showed on Friday night.

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