Wear your words
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 German artist André Butzer saw his deliberately squiggled, distorted monsters – a regular fixture in his paintings, described often as ‘Science Fiction Expressionism’ – become tiny Celine mascots, repurposed across. embroidered raffia baskets and high-top sneakers (see below).
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.