We all know that fashion is cyclical—what goes around, comes around again eventually. And that couldn't have been more true than for Celine's Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Whereas some time periods fade in our mind, thankfully for the best, others bring such nostalgia in the best way possible. That was the case for Hedi Slimane's beautiful tribute collection.
The show was reminiscent of 2000s-era fashion, complete with bootcut jeans—a 2000s staple piece—and skirts in classic denim. The beloved fabric was a huge component to the show, as models took to the catwalk in a range of denim styles. From jeans to button down shirts to blazers and more, the material was a true focal point of the collection. And what's not to love about denim? The classic fabric gave the collection an overall warm and cozy feel.
Denim was not the only focus when it came to materials. Slimane used a myriad of fabrics to get his point across, including bohemian prints reminiscent of the ‘60s and ‘70s. One long, flowy, animal print dress was complete with fur vest and matching headpiece. Texture and material proved to be a key component of his vision for the season.
Other trends showcased in the collection included accessories that varied from bohemian to rocker. Many printed scarves served as outfit toppers, as well as aviator sunglasses and carefree headscarves. Whereas many of the garments themselves were understated, it was the accessories that gave the added punch of flair, proving that true style and personality can really be explained through the added details in one's outfits.
In line with the throwback theme, many models wore knee-high boots in rich browns—a sense of ‘70s style oozing from the looks. Paired with the bohemian looks, this shoe choice finished each outfit in a chic and timeless way. But shoes and scarves were not the only accessories drawing stares. Handbags and shoulder bags, in the label's signature bag shape, were updated with a fresh snakeskin and leather combo.
Many notable celebrities flocked to the Les Invalides in Paris for this anticipated show. As Slimane's third year as lead designer, the brand has seen a resurgence in popularity, thanks largely to the growing number of influencers toting the label's fiercely modern styles. In attendance were Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, as well as trending actress Margaret Qualley.
The scene was set in a subdued ambiance, with stripped-down fanfare, letting the garments do the talking. With a simple gray backdrop, the feel in the room matched the nostalgia of the collection. Slimane designed the set himself, infusing both a traditional setup as well as contemporary elements including glittery backgrounds and rock music.
In whole, the Celine Spring/Summer 2020 collection gave viewers a sense of refreshed, timeless pieces that women everywhere love. By using eternal components, such as denim, and new surprises like beading, embroidery and more, the collection served its purpose as a beautiful and approachable choice for today's modern woman. The extremely wearable pieces will undoubtedly fly off the runway and straight into closets worldwide.
Staying true to its concept of "less but excellent", CELINE crafts timefeless pieces that are modern, clean-cut and elegant, from quality materials that last a lifetime. Collection after collection, the French fashion house plays on beautiful contrasts: feminine yet masculine, dramatic shoulders with small waists, crisp trousers and flowy hems. While at a glance, CELINE items may seem minimalistics and basic, with more careful attention, one can see that each piece has an element of innovative surprise. This attention to detail is something the brand prouds itself and it is what its fans, who are stylish working women, yearn for. Comfortable and wearable are also the key to CELINE designs; while being luxurious and high-fashion, every item on the runway can be imagined worn by everyday women.