One of the biggest surprises of last year's SS19 Celine show was how much Hedi Slimane moved the brand away from its predecessor, Phoebe Philo's vision. Critics were fast to point out the similarity between Slimane's work for his previous house, Yves Saint Laurent, claiming the Celine vision had been thrown out with the accented 'e'.
In true showmanship, Slimane was back to surprise crowds again at Paris Fashion Week with his FW19 collection. In a complete turnaround from his SS19 collection, Slimane instead took inspiration from old Celine (no, not Philo's Celine) decades-old Celine - through the house's archives from 40 years ago.
Out was the noir evening wear of the previous season, and instead, the design focused on daywear, with the 1970s playing heavy as a theme throughout the collection. With winter weather clearly in mind, the collection was modest - with barely an inch of skin shown with knee-high boots, sweaters and below-the-knee skirts playing big in the collection. The new Celine woman was not a clubbing rock chick or a refined art gallery curator; instead, she's unmistakably French, chic and bourgeoise. Once again, Hedi Slimane has gotten the fashion world talking.