CELINE Homme has released its Summer 2024 Show Video titled Delusional Daydream. The film follows the cancellation of the Men’s Summer 24 Show at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris in July 2023. Creative Director Hedi Slimane directed the film in the same month between Paris and Monaco, featuring classical ballet dancer Laurids Seidel.
Slimane is no stranger to hedonism, pioneering the legendary “Indie Sleaze” look, characterised by a rag-tag slim silhouette. For CELINE’s Summer 24 Men’s show, we saw the Creative Director’s signature brand of refined rock & roll head down the catwalk.
Coloured runway clips were interspersed with dramatic black-and-white slow-motion visuals of Seidel as he performed a solo routine in an empty theatre. The dance contrasted with the extended version of LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge,” which was produced exclusively for the event and soundtracked the 10-minute production. Not only was the musical theme continued from the women’s show, but it also served as an extension of Hedi Slimane’s long-standing connection with emerging New York artists.
In 2007, Slimane curated a group show titled “Sweet Bird of Youth” at the Ardnt & Partner Gallery in Berlin, featuring works from artists including Dash Snow and Banks Violette. These are artists Slimane still works with today, and as part of this, artworks from Dash Snow’s archive will be available to view in CELINE stores worldwide from January 2024.
Out of the block, we saw an awesome attitude-filled display, with models donning leather suits and shielding their eyes from the sins of the night before with curved wide-rim sunglasses. Wearers moved their upper into each angsty stride as the catwalk contrasted with the delicate ballet performance seen intermittently. Halter-neck tops with ruched detailing to the chest were tucked into the high waistband of leather trousers and accented with silver-studded leather jackets accented by choker-length silver necklaces, further complimented by chunky curb-link bracelets, channelling some downtown NY spirit into the Parisian House.
The juxtaposition of elegance and angst stems from Slimane’s art world influences and can be seen in couture bustiers and satin bows. These served as a reference to the satin command sashes worn tied around the right hip with a “Ballonè” knot by 17th-century French Courtiers. Highlights from the collection include the Malaquais Cabas Tote Bag, a tall, boxy carrier finished with short, rounded handles, arriving in black and camel colourways and completed with a gold padlock. Arriving in a less structured and smaller size is the Romy Bag in Triomphe Canvas, which features a one-compartment construction and adjustable strap.
The CELINE Homme Summer 24 show might have been nicknamed “The show that never happened,” but the release of Delusional Daydream is a classic case of “better late than never.” It was delicate and daring, awesome and androgynous, perfectly reflecting Creative Director Hedi Slimane’s ability to present subculture as a spectacle, nodding to the new underground and showcasing it in line with CELINE’s couture-rooted foundations.
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