The past couple of days have been full with news, criticism and opinions about Celine´s Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Our instagram feeds and mailboxes were exploding and we basically spend the weekend with reading and sorting through all the reviews of the new look that the brand has gotten under the creative leadership of Hedi Slimane. The most statements that were published were quite negative and (justifiably) pulled the collection into pieces.
However, there are also some unyielding Hedi supporters who had said a good word for him. We have looked at the different opinions and put them into a little pro and contra 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:
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):
Apart from the mainly negative voices, there were some who actually celebrated Slimane for his new approach to Celine. Dazed & Confused magazine for instance wrote:
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.— bryanboy (@bryanboy) September 29, 2018
Phoebe Céline is dead.
Get over it.