Hedi Slimane's Sexy New Celine


There is no doubt that Hedi Slimane’s debut collection for Celine was the most hotly anticipated show of Paris Fashion Week— “hot” being the operative word. If Slimane’s predecessor Phoebe Philo’s designs were celebrated for not equating a woman’s empowerment with her sexuality, Slimane’s philosophy represents a complete one-eighty. Titled Celine 01, this first showing operated on raw sex appeal, from the miniest of skirts to the slim-cut trouser suits that are his modus operandi. Critics are already questioning the soundness of Slimane’s vision in the era of Brett Kavanaugh. The designer himself has responded with only, “You have to be yourself, against all odds.”

For Further Reading:

Hedi Slimane at Celine was not the only event at Paris Fashion Week. Legendary (female!) designer Rei Kawakubo’s SS19 collection for Comme des Garçons was also a heavy-hitter.

Discussion Question:

What do you think Slimane’s new sex-driven look for Celine— and his previous blockbuster retail success at Saint Laurent— says about society as a whole?

Action Item:

Create a list of traits that make up an empowered, inspiring woman that do not include her appearance.


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