Hedi Slimane’s Celine Women’s Saint Tropez Collection Is A Mix Of Rocker And The South Of France

the French Maison Unveils it’s Women’s Summer 2023 season of looks

Who knew punk and St. Tropez could mesh together so beautifully. But then again, when Hedi Slimane is in charge then it’s like an: ‘oh yeah, I get it now.’ The Celine creative director, known for his typical design aesthetic that doesn’t really change has pulled off rocker elements in the Maison’s Summer 2023 collection.

St. Tropez isn’t new to Slimane. He knows it all too well. Slimane is edgy and a rocker at heart, and he’s a man that wears many hats: designer, musician, photographer, and stylist. In 2018 when he started at Celine he had just left California, a place that had been his home for a decade and set up his home in Ramatuelle, which is in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. The South of France in warmer months is crawling with maxi dresses, corsair pants, open back tops, lace dresses, white tanks, crochet cover ups, sailor tops, and beaded camisoles. But the Celine La Collection De Saint-Tropez is anything but.

Skinny jeans are paired with oversized military black boots and a shimmery silver sequined blazer. Because Slimane is often comfortably stuck in generations gone by, he has paired gladiator sandals with a 60s inspired mini dress and black blazer. Leather skirts with bra tops, black boots, a blazer and a sailor hat fit right on in with St. Tropez sea breezes. The quintessential French sailor shirt is matched with a vest.

Using men’s tailoring techniques, Slimane re-introduced shortened jackets with sharp edged collars from the 2000s. Shorts, bandeau skirts, and miniskirts in the collection are worn at the hip, and are done in leather, denim, and military gabardine. Another piece brought back from the 2000s are skinny jeans, which British and American rockers between 2000-2007 took to.

“For the past five years, the couturier has explored Saint Tropez and a more general nostalgia for the French Riviera as a counterpoint to the Saint Germain-des-Près codes of Celine,” shares the Maison in notes.

The soundtracks to Celine runway shows, whether digital or physical are typically anticipated with viewers agreeable to the choice. To unveil the collection through film, which Slimane directed in St. Tropez and Ramatuelle last month, he chose to have The Libertines,’ “When the Lights Go Out.”

On December 8th the Maison will unveil its women’s ready-to-wear (RTW) collection in live form from the City of Angels, a first since the pandemic started. Celine chose to skip this past September women’s fashion week calendar and do things their way- a result of the pandemic that many brands are choosing to show collections on their terms. Having yet to make a physical return for RTW, we can only anticipate that the collection will be quintessentially Hedi.

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