When Hedi Slimane debuted his first collection at Celine, the results were polarising. Two years on, and his elevated neo-bourgeois aesthetic has become a defining look for our moment, typified by a heady mix of silk midi dresses, knee-length boots, checked blazers, and classic leather accessories. One starlet impervious to Celine’s ‘new look’ is Lily Collins, who wore a head-to-toe look by the brand yesterday while she did virtual press for the Oscar-tipped David Fincher film Mank.
The dress comes from Slimane’s fall winter ’20 collection, which he unveiled at Paris Fashion Week back in March. Working with her stylists—the duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn—Collins made slight tweaks to the original runway look, switching out the patent leather slingbacks for knee-high suede boots, ditching the oversized shades, and keeping the hair and makeup breezy and natural. The end result? A masterclass in refined Parisian elegance that Collins’ character in Emily in Paris could stand to take a few lessons from.
Pulling off Celine’s new bourgeois look is refreshingly simple—rooted in the quintessentially French principle of investing in timeless clothes made with the highest quality fabrics. Silhouettes are modest—knee-skimming dresses, long pleated skirts, and fitted blazers—while the colour palette is an earthy mix of beiges, browns, navys, and greys. Accessorising is key for this trend, invest in men’s style loafers (Celine’s have been a cult industry favourite for the better part of 18 months), best worn with indigo-wash jeans cut just above the ankle, or, for added height, opt for calf-length heeled leather boots. Aviator sunglasses are another must-have, alongside timeless black and brown leather handbags.
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