You're lying in the sand, shaded from the sun, children are running around, and people are dressed in swimsuits, and linen or crochet coords. It's that time of year again for that Euro summer feeling. Unfortunately, we're not in Europe so all that fun in the sun (it's just not the same this side of the equator) will have to wait. Or does it?

Celine Plein Soleil is as close as you'd get to an Euro summer without getting a flight ticket out. Inspired by the timeless allure of the French Riviera and the sophisticated ease of Saint-Germain-des-Prés—places dear to artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane—the collection merges seaside charm with a sense of city elegance.

Triomphe Metal 01 Sunglasses In Metal Gold / Green
Triomphe XL 01 Sunglasses In Acetate In Ivory
Small Cabas Thais In Raffia And Calkskin Tan
Thais Pouch In Striped Textile With Celine Sienna
Small Bucket Cuir Triomphe In Striped Textile And Calfskin Navy Blue
Small Flap Wallet Triomphe In Shiny Calfskin In Black
Medium Triomphe Belt In Canvas Grege
Trinket Bowl In Triomphe Canvas And Calkskin Tan
Hammock In Wood And Jacquard Textile Beige / Black
Triomphe Fan In Bamboo in Natural
Beach Mat And Beach Mat Holder In Calfskin Natural / Tan

Refined summer essentials

The Celine Plein Soleil collection reimagines iconic lines such as the Triomphe in wicker, textile, and natural leather with intricate braiding. New variations of the Celine Panier showcase elevated craftsmanship. Summer-essential accessories include sunglasses and handmade straw hats—the latter crafted with unique weaving techniques for a distinctive touch.

Furthermore, Celine's lifestyle pieces enrich the collection. A deckchair, a pétanque set, a leather fan with Triomphe-shaped blades, a hammock and more are lavish pieces fit for anyone looking to embrace the Celine lifestyle.

Slimane went as far as to capture the collection on the Amalfi Coast, highlighting its blend of coastal charm and Parisian chic. If you can't experience a European summer firsthand, visit the Celine pop-up is a pretty close taste.

The Celine Plein Soleil pop-up runs until 2 July at Ngee Ann City.

The song you're listening to heralds the birth of psychedelic symphonies, predating The Beatles by a staggering 130 years. Hector Berlioz, the French composer who wrote "Symphonie fantastique" (French for "fantastic symphony") in 1830, offers one of the earliest musical depictions of a transcendent journey. Celine creative, artistic and image director Hedi Slimane stumbled upon this masterpiece at just 11 years old and was instantly captivated.

Berlioz's composition vividly captures the torment of unrequited love and obsession. Regarded as an "immense instrumental composition of a new genre", "Symphonie fantastique" showcases Berlioz's unmatched orchestration skills, impressing critics with its avant-garde essence. Transitioning seamlessly to Slimane's fashion narrative for Celine's Winter 2024 menswear collection also titled "Symphonie Fantastique", the collection boldly revives tailoring, epitomising the designer's pure sartorial essence.


The fit: Bold and cutting-edge, the garments featured in the film embody Slimane's unmistakable design language in menswear. Embracing the iconic "I" line silhouette—reminiscent of 1960s tailoring with a nod to 19th-century Anglomania—the collection exudes timeless sophistication. Frock coats, three-buttoned suits, and intricately hand-embroidered waistcoats are meticulously crafted from sumptuous fabrics like silk, cashmere, and vicuña. Throughout, matte black, satin, and lacquered finishes dominate, infusing each garment with an unmistakable sense of opulence and refinement.

Standout pieces include iconic motorcycle jackets with cropped hemlines, elegantly paired with 1970s flared bottoms as well as pinstriped peacoats transformed into militaristic uniforms. As with every collection, embellished accents adorn a number of garments, adding a captivating touch. Well-dressed cowboys take the lead in ballooning denim and multi-pocket button-down shirts for more casual proposals from the collection.


The details: Silver hardware embellishments on leather jackets inject that signature Slimane edge into the garments. They create a striking contrast to the refined aesthetic of the collection, all the while maintaining the rebellious spirit of Celine. Wide-brimmed hats and square-framed sunglasses further punctuate the collection's distinctive style.

Three exceptional looks: An embellished golden coat catching the sunlight; a sleek mandarin-collar jacket; and a pin-striped coat accentuated with a velvet collar.

The takeaway: This collection vividly embodies storytelling. Each piece reflects Slimane's current fascinations, meticulously crafted in every detail—from the setting and casting, to the music and garments.

View some of looks from the Celine Homme Winter 2024 collection in the gallery below.

The show that never was. Celine Homme's cancelled Summer 2024 runway show (and its planned after-party with live performances) in July 2023—in light of the protests happening in Paris at the time—turned into a short film. Shot in the same month, it was largely filmed in Paris with interspersed scenes of classical ballet dancer Laurids Seidel shot at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo.

An extended version of LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" is the soundtrack to the film, bringing the mirrored set to life as models embodying the collection's amplified androgyny walked on in succession. Artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane's aesthetic lies in the rock-and-roll androgyny synonymous with the legendary figures the likes of David Bowie and Mick Jagger. For Summer 2024 however, Slimane took it up a few notches with the adoption of more feminine elements that, quite frankly, Jagger could probably still rock right now.

At heart of the Celine Homme Summer 2024 collection's inspiration was Slimane's prior photography works in the early noughties. New York's underground art scene—featuring artists such as Dash Snow, Slater Bradley, Mathew Cerlett, Dan Colen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Terence Koh and others—became the focus of an exhibition that Slimane curated in 2007 in Berlin. He later went on to stage his own in Amsterdam as tribute to the same artists. And as somewhat of a culmination of this continued love and tribute for the scene, Slimane also worked with Snow's estate to include artworks from his archive for the collection.

The fit: The standard Slimane look was apparent in Summer 2024. Impeccable tailoring finished off with skinny ties were nods to his Dior Homme era, but then elevated with rhinestones that seemed to give off their own luminescence with every movement. Leather was a heavy focus as seen with trousers crafted with a slight flare as well as some of the collection's standout moments. The latter saw the beautiful execution of a leather jacket with sleeves that ballooned out, inspired by 17th-century French court royalty.

The newness that Slimane injected into the collection (and let's face it, the man does what he wants and sometimes that equates to tried-and-tested looks) came in the form of more feminine nuances. Referencing couture constructions and silhouettes, bustiers took on exaggerated ribbon-like forms that wrapped around the waist, and in one look, a leather version was crafted with off-the-shoulder sleeves that seemed to levitate away from the body.

The details: As with most Slimane creations, there was a thoroughly nonchalant attitude about the collection. Sheer fabrications were dressed with rhinestones and sequins, with bare skin almost a given under leather outerwear and embellished cardigans. The same magpie-esque treatment was given to a number of heeled boots for that extra rock-and-roll flair.

Three exceptional looks: The opening look that consisted of a halter-neck top wrapped with satin a bow; look 36's disco-treated suiting; and look 47's billowy top that Harry Styles would certainly look at home in.

The takeaway: Slimane is not really a one-trick pony.

View some of the key looks from the Celine Homme Summer 2024 collection in the gallery below.