First off, it evokes an entirely different feeling seeing Hedi Slimane's clothes in natural daylight. The artistic, creative and image director of CELINE has never (to our recollection) showed anything in natural light, choosing instead to house his runways indoors and with focused studio lighting.
In CELINE HOMME's spring/summer 2021 video presentation—'The Dancing Kid' as it is called—Slimane brought us to the empty expanse of the Circuit du Castellet, a racetrack near the French city of Marseille. The name of the collection refers to how youths have been making use of their time while under quarantine. TikTok blew up as bored youths sought an outlet to stay creative and keep themselves entertained, which boosted the profiles of e-boys and e-girls—characterised by their eclectic aesthetic of thrifted clothes, baggy fits and colourful hairstyles. Basically, Billie Eilish without the Gucci swag.
If the overt styling references in the spring/summer 2021 collection weren't clear enough, Slimane enlisted TikTok star Tiagz—whose song 'My Heart Went Oops' became a viral hit on the platform—to provide the soundtrack for the 'The Dancing Kid'.
Slimane is one who's always had a finger on the pulse of youth culture. And it's even more apparent than ever in this collection. It's a marked departure from the suited up and hyper polished look that he's introduced to the fashion house since 2019. But it has been one (for lack of a better, underused word) unprecedented year and how we view the world has certainly changed. Perhaps it's in this new CELINE aesthetic that we can begin to find some semblance of joy; just like how being performative and expressing themselves creatively on a social platform has helped this generation get through the times we're in.
Look and feel: Louche, oversized and a deliberate mishmash of skate culture, rave and hip-hop references, the CELINE HOMME spring/summer 2021 collection was a stylistic take on typical TikTok outfits. There's the all-black base punctuated by a statement jacket (looks 10 and 11), the clashing of contrasting prints in one look, plenty of layered chain necklaces, as well as a less constrained notion of menswear and masculinity.
Favourite looks: Personally, look 45's splendidly oversized intarsia jumper (this editor can't get enough of massive jumpers) featuring bared teeth and 'CELINE' splashed across the middle, is a winner. There's also the tiered layering of look 21—a bomber with a hint of hoodie peeking through, paired with a kilt over a straight-cut washed denim jeans, and topped off with a pair of CELINE high-tops—that's indicative of the vibe of the entire collection. But if you're looking for something a bit more dressed up and 'CELINE by Hedi Slimane', look 56's all-black ensemble made even more modern with a duo of chains, is no slouch too.
Favourite accessories: The triangular crossbody in leather as seen on look 41 is something that we want to own now (and here's hoping they come in a variety of colours too). But also the fashion jewellery in the collection, specifically the array of necklaces that really add to the whole e-boy look, but elevated.