Hedi Slimane presents the CELINE HOMME WINTER 23: LA COLLECTION DU PALACE PARIS SYNDROME, shown in Paris at Le Palace. VIP attendees include: Wiz Khalifa, Jack White, Lisa, Jack Dylan Grazer and performances by The Libertines, Club Eat, The Murder Capital, Comatosed, Sexy Damian, and more.
A place dear to Hedi Slimane that he frequented most nights during his youth starting from the age of 16, Le Palace remains a sentimental place that triggered his future as a couturier and where he celebrated his 50th surprise birthday party in July 2018.
Originally built as a theatre dance hall in the 17th Century but also known for its years as a nightclub, in 1978, Le Palace was taken over by renowned impresario Fabrice Emaer, who animated the Paris nightlife at the time. Commissioned by Emaer to reimagine the space, architect Patrick Berger participated in revamping its rich art deco interior, installing the emblematic and modern chandelier of neon lights, playing a significant role center stage lighting up the walls embellished with Gérard Garouste paintings.
A French Studio 54
Once considered a French version of New York’s Studio 54, the iconic Le Palace was one of the first nightlife venues where a variety of communities could mix freely with exuberance, attracting the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Grace Jones, Prince, Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol, Serge Gainsbourg, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and many more who enjoyed masked balls and live performances before making their way to the basement to Le Privilège private club.
Hedi Slimane delves into today’s youth’s rediscovery of the 2000s electro-clash and electronic rock sounds and scenes, a movement appearing in major cities like Paris, London, and New York. He pays tribute to New York’s cult proto-punk band Suicide, formed in 1977 by Alan Vega and Martin Rev, a band that in 2023 still intrigues and inspires the emerging music scenes.
The tight black leather Celine pants are key to the collection, paired in “double leather” with biker and racer jackets customized with studs or rhinestones. The Celine coats are oversized and cut out of cashmere or English tweeds recreated on a traditional loom.
The Celine suits are slightly raised and worn with cropped flared trousers. The embroideries are handmade in the Parisian couture ateliers. The giant leopard and tiger printed coats are made from shearling cashmere.
The models wear “nightclubbing” perfume, part of the Celine Haute Parfumerie collection. The pieces that pay tribute to Le Palace’s iconic years are limited editions.