The past couple of days have been full of news, criticism and opinions about Celine Spring/Summer 2019 collection designed by Hedi Slimane. Our Instagram feeds and mailboxes were exploding and we basically spend the weekend reading and sorting through all the reviews of the new look that the iconic Céline has gotten under the creative leadership of Hedi Slimane. Most statements that were published were quite negative and, justifiably, pulled the collection into pieces.
However, there are also some unyielding Hedi Slimane supporters who put a good word for his new Celine. We looked at the different opinions and put them into a little pros and cons list.
Business of Fashion´s editor-at-large Tim Blanks said:
Tim Blanks’ verdict on Hedi Slimane’s Celine: Hedi Slimane’s instincts for the moment have dulled, but his army of ‘Slimaniacs’ will surely canter towards Celine stores in blissful ignorance of the brand’s recent glories. https://t.co/ALp5rIfhSo pic.twitter.com/IuI72WqSqM
— The Business of Fashion (@BoF) 29 September 2018
Austrian publishers and journalists have also talked about the collection. Daniel Kalt, editor in chief at Presse Schaufenster stated:
how heavily must céline (!) advertise for hedi slimane to get away with that collection? #celine #pfw #hedislimane
— Daniel Kalt (@danielescu) September 28, 2018
Also, Isabella Klausnitzer, journalist and columnist at Kurier posted on twitter:
What do I think about the new #celine? Well, I think its #yvessaintlaurent 2.0! #dejavu and vu and vu…and revue!!! And I wonder why for Gods sake is #LMVH not just giving #hedislimane… https://t.co/qEuHNl9tUZ
— Isabella Klausnitzer (@isaklausnitzer) September 29, 2018
New York Times fahsion director Vanessa Friedman also critisised the menswear (which was by the way still the best part of the show):
The boys in Hedi Slimane’s first @celine show are skinnier than the girls #PFW pic.twitter.com/wPLM2eQBxk
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 28, 2018
Besides the mainly negative voices, there were some who actually celebrated Hedi Slimane for his new approach to Celine. Dazed & Confused magazine for instance wrote:
Hedi’s Celine was a dressed up riposte to streetwear’s stranglehold: https://t.co/nou6pSKQqb pic.twitter.com/hzksuZU2Qc
— Dazed (@Dazed) September 29, 2018
Fashion blogger @bryanboy also had a very strong opinion about people crying over the old Céline:
All the people who cried about CELINE not being CÉLINE are the same people who cried at Frida and still crying at Alessandro when Tom Ford left for Gucci decades ago.
Phoebe Céline is dead.
Get over it.
— bryanboy (@bryanboy) September 29, 2018
Polarization is always good when you want attention!
Title Photo via WGSN