These days, with Hedi Slimane's firm grip on the world of Celine carving out a new identity for the brand, we are sure of what to expect from each Celine collection. This is a good thing. For a brand that has always been centred in its timeless approach to clothing, Slimane's knack for uniformity is moving from strength to strength with each season, leaving pitch black sunglasses, perfectly fitted denim, and handfuls of leather lingering in the mind long after each collection film finishes. For Celine's Winter 22 collection, this was exactly the charm Slimane tapped into.
Set in the newly restored “Salons D’apparat” of the Hôtel de la Marine, the historic 18th century building on Place de la Concorde in Paris, Celine holds the first show and first campaign photographed in the space since its restoration.
Through the gilded halls, models strode into the frame of the film, directed, as always, by Slimane himself. Their faces are framed by dark rimmed sunglasses, waistlines secured by pared back belts that are looped through distressed denim, long leather pants, and wool trousers.
These rooms were originally used to present the royal collections to french and foreign visitors, so the press release says. They were intended to display the excellence of french decorative arts and the monarchy’s power. Now, in 2022, they are filled with Hedi's models, clad in classic black turtlenecks, blazers, and coats for day time, and stompy, knee high riding boots with tiny mini dresses for night. Some are sequin, some are leather, others have voluminous appliqués secured to the bust. The closing look, and the star of the show, is a floor length, slouchy black sequin gown with a cowl neck and asymmetric hemline, a kind of throw-on approach to black tie and, in that sense, a perfect ode to the city it's presented in.
Watch the film for the Celine Winter 22 collection, below.