March 2nd, 2019
FW19 Collections

Celine: The Seventies Bourgeois French Girl

Classic knee-high stacked-heel boots, culottes, shearlings, ladylike dresses, blazers, and capes — Hedi Slimane, Celine’s artistic, creative, and image director, showed a full-on late-70s bourgeois French girl-inspired collection. Sarah Mower put it perfectly “(t)his was old old Celine—exactly the kind of politely classy merchandise originally sold under the label before LVMH acquired it, long before even Philo’s predecessor, Michael Kors, was drafted in to make runway shows out of it.” I know this era — the American version 1979 Ralph Lauren with Clotilde, A.P.C., and more recently Vanessa Seward’s collections — and I am happy to make the top look my fall uniform with a hobo and strap wrapped boots — sigh. Second time’s a charm, Hedi.


What's New


Park small grained-leather shoulder bag


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Inca straw bucket hat


Cropped crocheted cotton-blend wide-leg pants


Amuko leather-trimmed suede tote


Crochet-knit cashmere, wool and silk-blend mini dress


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Solitaire swimsuit


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses


Small raffia bucket bag


Double-breasted virgin wool coat

  • Love, love, love! So classic and wearable – perhaps Hedi has been paying attention to social media and will now take the handbag collection back to the future down the old Ce’line road.

    CatMarch 2nd, 2019  6:51 AM

  • This is lovely. That first photo with the jeans, boots and over-sized blazer… brings back fond memories. Only problem is if I wore that it might trigger old school nightmares that I was missing an exam or had a paper due that I hadn’t yet written. Worth the risk, though, I think.

    Sue BurpeeMarch 2nd, 2019  8:19 AM

  • Gorgeous. And, Preston, are you noticing the bangs?!

    MoiraMarch 2nd, 2019  9:08 AM

  • I am, indeed

    PrestonMarch 2nd, 2019  9:47 AM

  • I dig it! I know spring is coming, but want to bypass it at this point to get into these fall / winter pieces.

    MichelleMarch 2nd, 2019  11:13 AM

  • Love all of it! Will be keeping an eye out for that dreamy hobo handbag.

    gpcMarch 2nd, 2019  11:43 AM

  • Classics are classics for a reason. They NEVER go out of style. Beautiful!!

    lkaMarch 2nd, 2019  12:00 PM

  • Brings back memories. Especially, the first photo. I lived in that look, minus the OTK boots, from 11th grade until I graduated from college in 84. My tweed blazers were bought from a church consignment shop when I was an undergrad. TBH, I’m still wearing a variation of it now. It’s sharp. The man knows how to mine an archive.

    SharonMarch 2nd, 2019  7:44 PM

  • Those boots!! Gorgeous.

    SCMarch 2nd, 2019  8:40 PM

  • Oh yes! Funnily enough, before seeing the collection, I had answered the style crisis question, what will I wear as a post menopausal woman, by deciding to revert to how I dressed as a 20 year old – jeans, jumper and a tweed jacket. The fashion stars have aligned. My only wish is that I had the legs for those OTK boots.

    ClaireMarch 3rd, 2019  3:40 AM

  • I will go there as well. The first picture brought back wonderful memories of my college years 1977-81. We all wore some version of the first picture sans the boots but had handmade clogs instead. Another combo we wore were gauchos, boots, a blazer and a turtleneck. After seeing these pictures I was inspired to shop my closet for similar looks and came up with quite a few. Thank you for this classic inspiration, such a breath of fresh air!

    RobynMarch 3rd, 2019  10:04 AM

  • It’s so funny- I took a pair of palazzo black flannel pants I haven’t worn in a while and jhad them shortened knee-length to wear with tights and boots. I have a navy pair as well, and I’m going to tweak those into culottes. This collection is the smartest one yet for Fall 2019- Hedi literally flipped the script by going deep into the archives- now everyone will want to rock that look. And it’s slightly British too, no? Superb merchandising as well- every woman from 18 to 80 can find something from this collection. This was RTW gold for his bosses. They will be VERY happy.

    SeverineMarch 3rd, 2019  1:55 PM

  • I like it – as I liked many of the classics he harvested under ysl. But again it’s literal and derivative as was the criticism of his collections for ysl. There’s no exploration or reinterpretation here. It’s just reproduction. As a designer, I find him bizarrely overrated.

    SundaeMarch 5th, 2019  12:47 PM


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