The person who’s been causing the most commotion at the biannual couture shows this week in Paris is not a 21-year-old ingenue or a fashion blogger. She’s a 48-year-old, sternum-thumping musical icon who’s not too cool to throw a double thumbs-up in the front row. Yes, Celine Dion has taken on couture, and couture will never be the same.
Possibly doing research for her upcoming lifestyle brand, Dion has thus far been spotted at Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli — at the latter, she gave the show a standing ovation and yelled out “Bravo!” (Apparently she’s not on vocal rest at the moment.) Not only has she been impeccably dressed for both outings, she has been transforming her look for some time now, with help from her new stylist, Law Roach, who also works with Zendaya. Believe it or not, Dion — not a grungy Tbilisi starlet — was the first person to wear Demna Gvasalia’s designs for Balenciaga; she’s also been seen sporting pieces by Virgil Abloh’s label Off-White and Jil Sander. Today French Vogue hailed Dion’s “new fashion credibility.” (Where were all these accolades back when she was pioneering the backwards suit?)