For SS20, Hedi Slimane revealed a Celine collection filled with 70s verve. Amongst gold lamé jackets, Dennis Hopper boots and Tom Verlaine leathers appeared a series of slogans that read models’ minds – and our own – like ‘My Own Worst Enemy’, ‘Yesterday was better’ and ‘I Have Nostalgia for Things I Have Probably Never Known’.
These were the handiwork of renowned New York artist David Kramer, one of four artists tapped by Slimane to work on pieces for SS20. Spanning ready-to-wear, jewellery and accessories, these one-off collaborations are now finally available to buy.
Kramer’s tongue-in-cheek ad parodies paired with the work of California-born artist Carlos Valencia, who saw his signature cartoon deconstructions splashed across a basket-weave bag.
Elsewhere, Darby Milbrath’s ethereal paintings were reinterpreted in a standout sequin bomber jacket, printed with gold-edged flowers whose vines swirled across the fabric, and Andre Butzer saw his deliberately squiggled, distorted monsters – a regular fixture in his paintings, described often as ‘Science Fiction Expressionism’ – became tiny Celine mascots, reprinted across polo shirts and accessories.
These pieces mark the latest addition to Celine’s visual universe, increasingly informed by Slimane’s desire to fuse cultural epochs and mediums into one seamless, timeless aesthetic.