Since taking the reins at Celine, Hedi Slimane’s reinterpretation of the brand has sparked a global appreciation and rising trend in Parisian bourgeois dressing.
With a growing cult following, the brand’s accessories like the signature penny loafers and the ever-expanding leather bag selection, have meant that all eyes have been on the runways in a bid to predict what the next big trend will be.
Enter the Maillon Triomphe. This timeless bag was first introduced on the runway at the Autumn/Winter 19 show, and was tweaked slightly and reintroduced on the Spring/Summer 20 runway.
Drawing inspiration from the French luxury fashion house’s historic intertwined “C” monogram (which was first revealed in 1972 and was based on the chain that encircles the Arc-de-Triomphe), the Maillon Triomphe is the pinnacle of Parisian style.
The bag comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) and comes in seasonal iterations such as jacquard or with a silk scarf incorporated (for extra Parisian points).
What these new accessories symbolise is the synergy of youth culture and refinement. When Hedi Slimane entered the iconic luxury couture house, it was clear fashion was about to take a major turn. The birth of this “new Celine” marks the end of sweatpants and the rebirth of refined dressing. With knee-length pleated skirts, 1970’s pussybow blouses, gauzy shirting and fluffy fur coats – all still imbued with his signature rock and roll twist – the Maillon Triomphe is a timeless accessory that can be both dressed up and down, and will never get old.
Credits: Hedi Slimane