Celine’s Paris Syndrome is a High Fashion Nostalgia Trip

Watch: Hedi Slimane mines his party-going past for Celine’s Homme 23 runway collection, staged at the iconic French nightclub Le Palace.

Article by T Australia

CELINE_Paris SyndromeCeline Homme 23 staged at the iconic French nightclub Le Palace. Photograph courtesy of Celine.

Celine revisits its Homme 23 runway collection – an electro-cum -indie sleaze club night hosted at the iconic French nightclub Le Palace – through its latest short film “Celine 18 Homme Winter 23 At the Palace”.

Occupying a special place in the heart of the brand’s creative director Hedi Slimane, Le Palace was first opened as a dance hall in the 17th century before its reincarnation as a nightclub. The after-hours hot spot was taken over by renowned impresario Fabrice Emaer in 1978, and it is acknowledged to have been one of the first nightlife venues where communities could mix freely. Notable guests include the legendary designers Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, the artist Andy Warhol, singer-songwriters Grace Jones, Prince, Serge Gainsbourg and Mick jagger, and the model Jerry Hall, alongside other revellers attending masked balls and live performances (before making their way to the basement to Le Privilège Private Club).

Slimane first starting frequenting Le Palace as a 16-year-old — he credits the venue with inspiring his future career as a couturier — and it served as the chosen location for his 50th birthday surprise celebrations.

“Celine 18 Homme Winter 23 At the Palace” revisits the House’s menswear collection showcase “Paris Syndrome” (a follow-up to its Los Angeles-based “Age of Indieness” runway), scored by an extended version of Suicide’s hit track “Girl”. Here, Slimane’s signature slimline tailoring manifested in leather pants and jackets (some studded), Western fringed outerwear, patchwork denim, zebra stripes and cheetah-print and cuban heeled boots.