As Hedi Slimane's fall 2019 Celine show began, a woman in a mirrored box was elevated near the ceiling and slowly lowered until she took her walk on the runway. There were a lot of expectations for Slimane's second Celine womenswear collection, especially after certain strong opinions in reviews and otherwise. All said, fall 2019 represented a tamer side of Slimane's work — wearable, classic pieces that screamed French elegance were put out one by one. Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.
The collection kicked off with luxurious knee-high boots in shades of burgundy, mustard and cognac, some lined with fluffy shearling. Paired with midi skirts and jeans, these boots elongated forms and tied the whole collection together.
Slimane's glam rock aesthetic was reinvented in the form of little leather jackets in softer, more feminine and wearable shapes. These came in hues ranging from buttery, pale yellow to classic black and felt at once French girl cool and like an everyday essential that would last for generations.
A simple formula of blue jeans, sweaters, lightweight coats and those aforementioned covetable boots made an appearance multiple times. The jeans, and the styling, made the collection feel incredibly approachable, just what a chic French girl might wear during a weekend in Paris.
Ushering in a very different aesthetic for Celine, there were many long sleeve, maxi length dresses in prints, solids and even leather than stood out as pieces that could be thrown on to create a stylish outfit in a second — no thinking or complicated styling required.
A little bit of Slimane's aesthetic peeked out at times. It was there in the leopard prints, oversized fluffy and glam coats, and in the less tame sequin and metallic textures near the end of the show.
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