Mon Dieu, Céline! This is…
This is SPECTACULAR. Our jaws, they are dropped.
Not to be crass about it, but she’s really embraced style in an inspiring way since she decided it was time to stop publicly mourning. Obviously, one can only apply the life of an international pop star in couture to one’s own life in the broadest of ways, but one of the things we’re really chewing over as we write our style book is just how important and emotionally transformative style can be when you know how to navigate it. Or in the case of Miss Céline, knows someone she can pay to navigate it for her. The point is, she’s emerged from her widowhood a publicly refreshed and energized figure and her style choices have been a big part of that. She used style to pull herself out of something and redefine herself when she needed to. There really is a lesson in there.
This isn’t just bold and sassy and chic, it’s also demonstrating a considerable mastery of a certain style-as-autobiography skillset – something Michelle Obama and Princess Diana, to cite two of the best-known examples, were very, very good at. A pierced heart (double-pierced, no less) is a powerful image for her to be sporting – and not remotely accidental or coincidental. We don’t want to make her sound venal or cynical. She’s a lifelong celebrity who innately understands the value of image and how symbolism works to secure a certain branding or sense of a famous figure. Even if this wasn’t a conscious “I want to work a ‘Couture Merry Widow’ theme when I launch my line” decision, she and her team are not at all unaware of the power of symbolically baring your broken heart to the cameras.
Schiaparelli ‘Pierced Heart’ Jacket in Ivory, Black and Red Wool paired with a ‘Heart’ Romper in Off-White Wool and a White Silk Organza Camisole with Black Polka Dots from the Spring 2017 Couture Collection
Schiaparelli Red Suede Thigh-High Boots from the Spring 2017 Couture Collection
[Photo Credit: Getty Images, IMAXTree]