#PFW: Céline Spring/Summer 19 Runway & Bags Report
2 October 2018

#PFW: Céline Spring/Summer 19 Runway & Bags Report

After Hedi Slimane gave us a sneak peek of his first ever bag for Céline spotted on Lady Gaga which we later learnt, was called the 16 Bag which got its name from the Céline headquarters on 16 Rue Vivienne in Paris, the fashion world eagerly awaited his debut Spring/Summer 19 collection. And boy, were we let down! What an anti-climax it was… With each look that came down the runway, it was obvious that Slimane was not ready to leave Saint Laurent. Not only did he bring the club scene to Céline, a House known for its tailoring, clean lines, and minimalism, something Philophiles rely on, and love, but it was rather obvious that Slimane was re-presenting and re-producing his Saint Laurent designs. From the looks to the multi-buckled-boots, the only difference are the minor adjustments and use of slightly different materials, which were, at best, negligible because it really didn’t disguise the fact that it was auto-plagiarism at its best. That said, though, the general vibe and the aesthetic is noticeably Courtney Love.

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

Celine SS19 Runway Looks

On the other hand, when it came to the bags, Slimane brought back the old Céline logo as a clasp detail (you know, the one that looks like a “Roman column of sorts”) that was still in use during the Michael Kors era when he was still Creative Director of the House, along with the “C” logo on the clasp of what seemed to be a variant of the classic Box bag, which came with a gold chain strap. For evening (which frankly, could double up as a day bag too depending on how you style the bag), an elongated clutch that was rather elegant in style, in contrast to the ready-to-wear.

Celine SS19 Runway Bags

Celine SS19 Runway Bags

Celine SS19 Runway Bags

The Verdict: Totally not cool that he basically made Céline into Saint Laurent, but I liked the fact that he was trying to bring back older Céline elements, like the logos.

 

 

Images via Vogue Runway