Hedi Slimane’s latest fashion show for CELINE Homme was nothing short of an immersive and unforgettable experience. Taking place at the legendary Parisian nightclub, Le Palace, the show was a tribute to the vibrant music and fashion scenes of the past, with a nod to the electrifying energy of the 2000s’ electroclash and electronic rock movements.
Le Palace, a staple of self-expression and freedom, holds a special place in Slimane’s heart. He used to frequent the club as a young man and still visits to this day. The walls of Le Palace hold the secrets of wild and iconic parties of the 1970s and 80s, attended by legends in the music, art, and fashion worlds. Slimane paid homage to these legendary figures through the collection, which was showcased on a stage complete with dazzling pyrotechnics and a cast of intriguing characters dressed in tight and sparkling leathers.
The front row was a who’s who of rock and pop royalty, with the likes of Pete Doherty, Étienne Daho, Jack White and Lalisa Manobal of Blackpink in attendance. The show was soundtracked by the cult New York synth punk band Suicide, who provided an extended version of their track “Girl” as a hypnotic and droning soundtrack.
The models made their way down the stairs in pointy-toed boots and weaved their way through the tightly packed rows, reminiscent of the gorgeous glitterati that made Le Palace famous in the late 70s and 80s. The fashion message was straightforward and always direct: it’s time for men to invest in tight leather pants, leather biker jackets, and shearling cashmere coats with animal prints. The collection also included more approachable pieces such as youthful pin-striped suits, tiger-print corduroys, and a beige raincoat with a reptilian pattern.
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