Celine Celebrates Their Winter 2021 Collection at a French Château

Celine Celebrates Their Winter 2021 Collection at a French Château

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Celine Celebrates Their Winter 2021 Collection at a French Château

The brand sets itself against a scenic backdrop for a parade

The brand sets itself against a scenic backdrop for a parade

Text: Ahad Sanwari

If you weren’t missing the art of being a serial traveler that much over the past few months, then Celine’s Winter 21 show should do the trick. A continuation of the Monaco series that introduced the Summer collection, Celine goes homeward bound with their new show, setting it against an icon of French architecture, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

The entire show is set against the backdrop of the château and its manicured lawns, grand golden fountain, sprawling grounds, and architectural magnificence. The showcase itself is statuesque, a theme reinforced through the interspersing of shots of such through the show.

Celine’s Winter collection is what they describe as a “utopian parade,” hence the name “Parade.” As such, the models are shown parading themselves throughout their setting, a sort of melancholic daydream of youthfulness and purpose. Hedi Slimane’s show is more of a focus on the utilitarian aspect of high fashion and luxury, taking more cues from urban street fashion but adding a touch of formality. A good example of the luxury-meets-casual aesthetic is the use of sequined fabrics (blinding in the sunlight) with denims.

A consistent theme throughout the show is the layers. Almost every model sports a coat or jacket, ranging in variety and styles. From camo prints and puffer jackets, to overcoats, gold buckled blazers, and old-fashioned pinstripes. The layers are what makes the range dynamic and adaptable, given that most of the garments feature in earth tones and muted shades. The accessories are also showcased proudly, through wide-rimmed sunglasses, incognito bags, and the occasional baseball cap.

There’s silhouettes and styles for a variety of tastes throughout the mix, whether it’s floral sundresses, combat boots, cowl necks, printed ponchos, and androgynous styles. The zenith of it all is in the shimmery bell-shaped hoop skirts, the kind of exaggerated touch that takes the show to a level of couture you’d expect to see on a high fashion runway rather than a catalogue.

The show is a tribute to the French surrounding, beautiful and elegant. Apart from the statues and the grand château, there’s also a harp that soundtracks the show to Regina Demina’s rendition of “Un Daydream.” The show ends with a literal firework display over the château, a grand finale of sorts that puts a nice bow on the show’s slight extravagance. And there’s a deer, for good measure.

You can find the show and other collections from the House on their website. Check out the Celine Parade Winter 21 show below (actual show starts at 15:03):

Credits: All images courtesy of brand

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