CELINE FW24 was fun, furry, and downright cool

CELINE FW24 was fun, furry, and downright cool

by Ollie Cox
4 min

CELINE just released its Women’s Winter 2024 film, revealing an exciting new direction for the house. Today’s production saw the CELINE woman appear in an all-out, shades-on display of killer cool, and we lapped it up. 

In recent years, the French label, helmed by Hedi Slimane, has opted to present its collections through film rather than fashion shows. Its latest release was a tribute to Slimane’s friend and mentor, photographer Richard Avedon, who was known for a humanistic style of photography. This humanism permeates Slimane’s own work, which has captured Indie stars and downtown cool kids ahead of their big break, as well as fashion and music legends, including Jane Birkin and Bob Dylan. 

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The collection, titled LA COLLECTION DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE, was filmed in December 2023. It captures its subjects – effortlessly stylish  CELINE models and muses – as they traversed historical Art Deco spaces in Paris, including La Salle Pleyel, Le Musée Bourdelle, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and La Maison De La Chimie, which all helped convey Slimane’s merging of the House’s heritage with his own stamp of cultural cool. 

First, we got a timeless all-black number, which saw an above-the-knee dress paired with patent Lily Triomphe Babies, a heeled take on the Mary Jane. The look was accessorised with some square-framed sunnies, perfect for hiding that hangover in the chicest way possible. 

Slimane knows a thing or two about Indie Sleaze, with the Parisian designer pioneering the look and, dare we say, putting forward a strong case for the return of skinny jeans. At CELINE, we see the Creative Director push the rock-tinged look at its most refined, both runway-ready and destined for the dancefloor. Today, we got black leather jackets accented with plush leopard-print detailing to the collar and shoulders, which looked as at home on the catwalk as in a basement club. 

Models wore riding hats emblazoned with the CELINE Triomphe logo, which was famously derived from founder Céline Vipiana’s fascination with the chain surrounding the Arc de Triomphe when her car broke down in Paris. The emblem was reinvented with a modernist approach by Slimane in 2018, reflective of the merging of past and present which we see across his collections for the Maison. As we progressed into the offering, proportions became Slimane’s plaything. Rose gold dresses shimmered in the light, cocooned by plush curved jackets that bounced with a lively, youthful energy. Later, we got a hooded ball-like version that shrouded its wearer from the bright lights of the show space. The bonbon-like coat was accented with Triomphe Under The Knee Boots and finished with a Teen Nino Bag in Black Patent Calfskin—C’était exquis.

We all know CELINE is a luxury label, but its latest offering showed us how to be chic and cosy at the same time. Between the typically high-end leather heels and its to-die-for Universite Triomphe Chain Loafers, we were treated to an Elena Triomphe Mule coated in premium Havana shearling, and we haven’t stopped thinking about them since. 

This season, Hedi Slimane announced the launch of CELINE BEAUTÉ, the first cosmetic line in the House’s history, expanding from its Haute Parfumerie collection, which was launched in 2019. Alongside runway shots, close-ups of mirrored dressing tables revealed the brand’s cosmetics offering, which includes “La Peau Nue” rose natural lipstick, which will be available to shop from 2025. The collection will launch this autumn with the first satin lipstick shade, “Rouge Triomphe.” 

For Fall/Winter 2024, Hedi Slimane showed us why the CELINE woman will always be the queen of cool, from the way she dresses to the make-up she wears. We saw Slimane ride the line between the House’s history and his own mark of naughties nostalgia with an equilibrium he presents so well.  

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