This past Summer, the esteemed French fashion label, Celine was primed for their Men’s Summer ‘24 show, but ultimately never happened due to civil unrest in Paris. Thankfully, Celine’s creative director, Hedi Slimane still executed his vision through an alternative medium, capturing scenes of the collection, filmed at institutions like La Gaîté Lyrique and the Monte-Carlo Opera Garnier, bestowing us with ‘Delusional Daydream’.
In the early 2000s, an infatuated Slimane chronicled the fresh emergence of the New York art scene, which included Dan Colen, Terrence Koh, and the late Dash Snow. Eliciting the spirit of those times through ‘Delusional Daydream’, Slimane takes it a step further by commemorating the quintessential New York beat of ‘LCD Soundsystem’, a staple of the city’s lively music scene that’s resurfacing today. The production is an emblematic experience, marking the return of the New York scene, as we see a renewal of liberated youth occupying every corner of the city.
Taking inspiration from the French 17th-century court and the royal portraits of Pierre Mignard, bustiers, and satin bows grace some of the looks. Slimane continued to turn back the clock, reintroducing the shiny embellishments of the early 2000s and reclaiming the skinny black tie with his signature “5” collar. The collection boasts an edge that does not go unnoticed and speaks to past musings from Slimane.