Sunday 25 February 2018

Celine Dion will go on, and on...

The 90s pop diva has reinvented herself as a fearless style icon

Standing ovation: Dion showed the fashion bloggers how it’s done at Giambattista Valli
Standing ovation: Dion showed the fashion bloggers how it’s done at Giambattista Valli
Celine Dion posed nude for Vogue's Instagram feed.
Celine Dion poses in the press room during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Mellow yellow in Dior
Loud and proud in Roberto Cavalli
Pretty in pink in Dice Kayek
Hell for leather in Balmain
Celine Dion with her husband René Angélil

Meadhbh McGrath

As the stars lined out for Christian Dior's couture fashion show in Paris, brand ambassador Jennifer Lawrence continued her losing streak in a drab lace dress, frumpy knitwear and lace-up trainer boots.

Drowned by a fedora and posing like she couldn't wait to tear the whole thing off, it was an unmitigated disaster. But then a true diva arrived to show all the twenty-something ingénues and street style stars how it's done.

At 49 years old, the impeccably dressed Celine Dion has been taking Paris Couture Week by storm, sashaying about and pulling serious power poses for the cameras. At Dior, the five-time Grammy winner stole the show in a mustard leather shirt dress, a sentence absolutely no one has said before. And this was just the latest stop on her #CelineTakesCouture tour of Paris.

This week she also posed nude for US Vogue's Instagram, where she shared some of her rules for dressing. As a couture geek who has worn haute couture almost exclusively on stage for the past five years, she requests fashion houses like Armani Prive and Schiaparelli dispatch a team to Las Vegas (where she has a hit residency at Caesar's Palace) for three fittings before the garments are completed in her own private atelier.

Other stipulations include the addition of velcro panels to allow for her ribcage to expand and enable quick outfit changes, while micro straps of elasticised chiffon prevent a slit revealing too much during dance routines. "The clothes follow me; I do not follow the clothes," she sagely proclaimed.

Dion has always had a flair for the flamboyant (remember that backwards tux at the 1999 Oscars?), but since losing her husband of 21 years, music manager René Angélil, to cancer last year, her style choices have become noticeably bolder, weirder and a lot more high fashion.

Last summer, she took on a new stylist, Law Roach, who dressed her in everything from Vetements' ironic Titanic hoodies to neon Balenciaga tent dresses to loud Versace jumpsuits. She immediately attracted a lot of press attention, but this year, she's stepped it up and the result has been nothing short of spectacular.

The Canadian star loves fashion but isn't a slave to it, and can transition seamlessly between ugly-on-purpose avant-garde and mega-watt glamour, like the jaw-dropping Stephan Rolland gown with mega-sleeves she wore to the Billboard Music Awards, or the beautiful ruffled mini-dress and thigh-high boots she wore to Giambattista Valli's show.

Part of the appeal is that so many of these looks are unexpected on a star most famous for belting out power ballads. In the space of a few weeks, she has stepped out in an array of almost aggressively weird looks: a wildly-printed Roberto Cavalli suit teetering on the 'fashion' side of clown clothes, then an impossibly chic pale pink Dice Kayek pencil skirt and embellished coat, followed by a left turn into full-throttle Balmain biker that a Kardashian could only dream of rocking with such ease.

It's all further evidence that Dion has become a bona fide fashion darling. Endlessly versatile, with unbridled enthusiasm and a fearless attitude - forget Brigitte Trogneux, this pop icon is the true style hero of 2017.

Irish Independent

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