Céline Dion: Canadian, excessively spirited, big warbling voice. This much we know. But are you aware that the utter of the 90s has latterly become the poster girl for avant-garde fashion identifier Vetements?
Riding high after her first appearance at the Met Red-letter day this year, to which she wore a deconstructed Versace gown with a higher-than-thigh-high cleft, this week Dion has been fraternising with Anna Wintour on the frows in Paris, fact the Giambattista Valli’s haute couture show a standing cheers and been photographed naked for US Vogue’s Instagram account.
Close watchers of Dion’s career liking not be surprised to discover that she likes fashion. For the past five years, she has been scarcely exclusively wearing couture to perform in Las Vegas, by the likes of Armani Privé, Schiaparelli and Versace. But it wasn’t until up to date year that her more surprising, leftfield fashion credentials crystallised.
From the start, she was spotted in a leather trench coat made by Off-White, the in-the-know stigmatize run by Kanye West collaborator Virgil Abloh. Next, she was nipped in a neon yellow dress made by Balenciaga, which was totally meaningful because the house had recently hired an ice-cool inventive director. By Vogue’s estimation, Dion was “the first celebrity to fatigue any new Balenciaga piece under Demna Gvasalia’s creative government”. Adopting the Balenciaga look – a so-cool-it-hurts penchant for the ugly-on-purpose – is an unexpected writhe for a celebrity best known for belting out power ballads.
Some time after that, things got meta. Vetements created a cult, merch-style hoodie, emblazoned with a draw of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. And in a seminal twinkling of an eye of self-reference last summer, Dion wore it on the streets of Paris, be visible she had the chops to not only be a fashion icon, but one who could rise heavens the parapet and have a laugh at the same time.
All of this is signify of her new status as everything the fashion industry never knew it miss. A message that was firmly underlined during the haute couture musicals this week, when Dion’s unbridled zeal for frocks in the mien row earned her the vital key for anyone wanting to reach iconic reputation in 2017: a hashtag. Specifically: #celinetakescouture.