- Godfrey Deeny
Celine to climax Paris menswear runway season this June
Celine will stage the final runway event of the upcoming Paris menswear runway season this month, with a climatic show on Sunday night, June 26.
Seeing as Celine Creative Director Hedi Slimane has been one of the half dozen most influential menswear designers in the past two decades, the decision is a major boost for the Paris calendar. News of the show emerged on Wednesday on the final schedule of the Paris menswear season, released by the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French high fashion’s governing body. The next Paris menswear season will take place from Tuesday, June 21 until Sunday, June 26, and include such major league names as Dior, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Hermès, Thom Browne, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons.
This Celine show will mark the first time that the house has staged a live runway display since was back in February 2020, when it held a co-ed runway show in Paris. Since then, Slimane has restricted himself to shooting elaborately staged video displays inside historic French locations. Like the Negresco Hotel on the Mediterranean shoreline of Nice, and before that in Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, near Paris, or Chambord, the giant Loire Valley chateau.
Slimane largely reinvented the menswear runway format back in the late 90s, staging giant yet poetic shows with customized soundtracks that attracted rock gods like David Bowie, Mick Jagger or Pete Doherty, as Hedi went on to achieve rockstar status himself.
In typically quirky manner, so far neither Slimane nor Celine has commented on the decision on their respective Instagram accounts.