Hin 49 ára gamla Celine Dion hefur verið mjög áberandi á hátískuvikunni sem nú stendur yfir í París. Þó að margir tengi hana ekki beint við tísku þá er gaman að vita að hún hefur einungis klæðst hátískufatnaði á sýningum sínum í Las Vegas síðustu fimm ár. Þannig hún ætti aldeilis að vita um hvað hún er að tala. Hún hefur meira að segja unnið mikið með Vetements, og hefur einnig sést mikið í Balenciaga undanfarið, í neon-gulum kjól frá merkinu og leðurjakka.
Hún tók sér nokkurra daga pásu frá tónleikaferðalagi sínu á dögunum og fór til Parísar með Vogue. Það hefur verið mjög gaman að fylgjast með henni undanfarna daga, sem og myllumerkinu #celinetakescouture á Instagram.
"My energy feels younger, more dynamic, excited," says Celine Dion. "Everything now feels like it is a first." Celine's positive spirit and genuine enthusiasm for everything beautiful and fun-fun-fun is perhaps one big reason the fashion world is loving her lately. She gives standing ovations. She hugs the designers. In a couture week filled with drab gray clothes and even grayer moods, it's a joy to see bedazzlement (and from a grand duchess of dazzle). But this happiness is hard won. Celine Dion is no Merry Widow, more the sanguine survivor. Her greatest accomplishment, in her words? "The way I prepared my children for their father's death." During the three years in which Rene had a feeding tube in his stomach, Celine insisted her children be aware of the nursing care she and others were giving him, but to not be scared by it (the babies) or distraught (the adolescent Rene-Charles). When he passed, she turned to the Disney film Up to make sense for them of a truly devastating situation. She explained that their house would stay on earth while there father went "up" with his loving home metaphorically protecting him. She had the boys write messages to Rene which were sent skyward in helium balloons. They blew "fairy dust" overhead. She told them that when someone goes "up" they can't come down, but that their father was now healthy, dancing, singing, and reunited with their grandparents. In her own unfathomable bereavement Celine was careful and conscientious with theirs. Rene-Charles turned to sports to process his grief--hockey and golf (Celine thinks he could turn pro one day). Then there was the night when she found one of the twins tucked away in a closet in which hung a picture of Rene. He was talking to his father, he explained. So every night, before bedtime, she and the twins take time to speak to Rene and send kisses heavenward. For now the three share a room. It is a process. "Fashion, fame, celebrity...all of this," she says, driving past the glistening dome of the Invalides, "it's just for fun. It doesn't mean anything. There are more important things: children, family, the world." #CelineTakesCouture Photographed by @denisetruscello.
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Celine Dion doesn't try to hide her feelings. Her candor is one of her many charms, coupled with lovely manners and an emotional transparency that's unique in anyone (let alone a global popstar for over 30 years). Last year at the haute couture show for Giambattista Valli, she sang, clapped, oohed and cooed, before ultimately going backstage post-show to weep with Giamba and his mama. "No one else was applauding," she recalls slightly sheepishly as she waits to enter the Petit Palais for this summer's Valli catwalk. She is joined by a featured dancer in her European show by the name of Pepe Munoz. Pepe is a Spaniard, originally from Malaga; he is also a budding fashion illustrator (@pepemunozillustrations). Celine was introduced to Pepe by Las Vegas show folks she knows through her butler's wife, who is a dancer herself. ("All the people I meet," says Dion of her Vegas social life, "are acrobats, dancers, or divers. That's family.") Now the two are fast pals, inseparable onstage (her in a jeweled, super-heroic unitard, him in his basic helpless hotness) and off. And so when, this season, Celine decides to express her exuberant enthusiasm for Valli's work it is by making flamenco hand signals to Pepe, who is across the aisle, and his front row neighbors, actress Rossy de Palma and the esteemed Spanish choreographer Blanca Li. And there are far too many runway winners to count. A delicate tiny floral tee-shirt of fully embroidered tulle worn with a collar or harness of black pailettes. Ball dresses of chantilly lace, pleated tulle, or broderie anglais, cut high in the front, trained in the back. This is a full-on Celine show in every sense. Celine's hands are twirling; Pepe's hands are Voguing; Rossy is inexplicably doing scissor kicks.... The models (the lucky ones!) are gliding by in ballet shoes, but the dancing is all going down in the seats. When it ends, Pepe is in tears. Blanca is in heaven. And Celine is saying that next year, if she is on tour in Europe, she will ask to have the whole week of the shows off from performing. "But they won't let me," she laughs, "for fear I will spend too much money!" #CelineTakesCouture Photographed by @denisetruscello.
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"They see me; I don't see them," is Celine Dion's line on the great blob of paparazzi and fans that follows her everywhere. She gives them any picture they ask for, plus a great many more. Consider an appointment with at the house of Schiaparelli, where she poses for the creative director Bertrand Guyon on a window sill overlooking the Place Vendome. She wears a tiny whimsical dress of Swarovski chainmail re-embroidered with yet more crystals and high sparkly Victorian boots--a little Twiggy, a little Tina Turner. Says her dancer Pepe Munoz: "That's a rockstar!" Says Libby Hahn, who handles public relations for the house: "I am fairly certain she was a rockstar before she put on the dress." Says Celine's own longtime photographer Denise Truscello (a Canadian cinephile with her own rockstar style), thinking of the long lenses poised on the place below: "Is the dress pulled down in the back?" Says Celine Dion: "They might see my butt, but I don't think they mind." #CelineTakesCouture Photographed by @denisetruscello