It was only in July of this year that, due to ongoing riots, CELINE were forced to cancel their Homme Summer 24 runway show, set to take place at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris (a music venue housed within a former Haussmann theatre opened in 1862). But that set back wouldn't stop the House's creative director Hedi Slimane from that same month putting together and releasing a short film showcasing the collection. The film was shot between Paris – at the La Gaîté Lyrique and Le Gradn Rex – and Monaco – at the Monte-Carlo Opera Garnier alongside a performance from ballet dancer Laudris Seidel.
Titled Delusional Daydream, the collection and accompanying film is exactly that – a reverie of classic-meets-grungy garments and proto-punk uniforms that pay loving tribute, in particular, to the blossoming and hedonistic NYC music and arts scene of the early 2000s. In continuity with this, the video is soundtracked by the song Losing My Edge from LCD Soundsystem's eponymous 2005 debut album – one of the era and locus's most pioneering and influential releases.
The electronic music and clubbing scene in NYC is one that Slimane is very familiar with, he himself beginning to document it – and the characters who populated it (like Dan Colen to Dash Snow) – in the early 2000s. In 2007, Slimane curated a group show titled Sweet Bird of Youth that focused on prominent downtown New York artists, and post-COVID he began to revisit the scene and its revived new generation of alternative musicians, artists and clubbers in a black-and-white portrait series.
Delusional Daydream is an homage to those years spent tirelessly gospelling the scene's rebellious energy – garments both chic and club-ready. We see plunging lambskin jeans and neckless black tops make their way down a gilded, mirrored runway, cut with sweeping external views of Parisian landmarks and scenes filmed in the grand auditorium of the Monte Carlo Opéra-Garnier, featuring the classical ballet dancer and model Laurids Seidel.
Watch the full video below.