After presenting the men’s collection renamed “The Dancing Kid”, a real ode to E-Boys/Gen Z, with a show held at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in the south of France, Hedi Slimane proposed what he believes is the other half of the portrait of an entire generation. This time it’s up to the girls, with Celine‘s Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection, imagined by Slimane as the granddaughters of those women who bought Celine in the 80s and who today reinterpret their aesthetic codes making them contemporary.
The concepts are repeated compared to the July show dedicated to men and in a certain sense also the context is repeated. If for the men’s collection Slimane has shown his models in a racetrack, the creative director of the French maison maintains the sports theme and chooses as the set of his show/documentary, the Stade Louis II in the Principality of Monaco, the home of AS Monaco in Ligue 1.
A reworking of bourgeois aesthetics by the French Gen Z, this is the game with which Slimane has tried his hand in fact some pieces of the collection are the classics of a timeless fashion like the tailored blazer, the sequined dress and the Sulky bag. The French designer does not give up the classic but revisits it imagining that this generation will wear almost monotonous clothes, subverting the concepts of elegance that have characterized the past generations.
A new energy that can also be seen in the choice of the soundtrack that accompanies the show, Princess Nokia has created for the occasion an almost hypnotic loop to accompany the models who parade with their hands in their pockets while wearing jeans, shorts, oversized jackets, baseball cap and bucket hat.
The video ends with a look that gets lost in the sky changing perspective on the ending showing us the earth seen from space, as if to say: just in a moment like this a change of course is necessary especially in our way of seeing things. Today we are necessarily forced to change it because what we knew and what we were used to no longer exists. It is not a negative message at all, changes bring freshness and represent a hope that Slimane, and I would add all of us, do not want to lose.