Hedi Slimane took the ‘run’ in runway literally this season. Going off the fashion calendar during this season’s COVID-19-affected schedule, the designer staged Celine’s summer 2021 presentation at the the Stade Louis II in Monaco. To the tunes of Princess Nokia, models stormed the track in clothes that look all too familiar to those of us in quarantine.
The looks spoke to the moment, and to Slimane’s laid-back approach to French luxury. Status pieces came in logo-stitched baseball hats, hoodies, and sweatpants styled with worn-in motorcycle jackets that will hang in your closet for decades. The collection had an almost run-through vibe, with the models wearing what they might show up in for the casting. But the elevation is in the details. Yes, these are basics, but that’s exactly what Slimane is known for creating a cult around. The comfort of timeless icons in the middle of a pandemic and the lack of frivolity acknowledges our current needs. It also serves as a reminder that if we do want to wear a sequin dress in 2020, we’re likely pairing it with sneakers.
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