I can admit when I’m wrong. I jumped on the anti-Hedi Slimane at Celine bandwagon with everyone else. I bitched and moaned that Slimane’s debut collection for Celine was boring and the same old mess he created at Saint Laurent. I Iamented when he dropped the accent in “Celine” and rebranded like he always does. And I latched onto the general mob mentality hating on Slimane’s every move. Until yesterday when I walked into The Celine boutique in the Miami Design District…

Of course, the collection strongly resembles Slimane’s tenure at Saint Laurent. But viewed as separates, the collection is sleek and wearable, without a trace of the grunginess that went down the runway. The first thing I noticed was the array of well-tailored basics, including black pants, clean, crisp white blouses, tees, and leather pencil skirts. The outerwear is simple but phenomenal, especially a long black cashmere coat with a leather belt and a cropped box-cut pea coat. On the whole, the clothes are more classic than rock n’ roll, with the exception of a few babydoll dresses that remind me of Slimane’s debut at Saint Laurent, as well as 90’s Anna Sui. The accessories, in particular the Berlin leather ankle boots, are youthful and versatile, and are frankly the most edgy part of the collection currently available. I purchased a pair in white and will soon return for the black. The new handbag collection is actually a bit on the conservative side for my taste, but the bags look well crafted and befitting of the Celine woman.

Ok, so the New Celine is nothing new or groundbreaking, but its surprisingly sophisticated and, I must say, falls safely within the brand’s DNA and heritage and is oddly reminiscent of Michael Kors’ tenure at the brand. The runway presentation for Spring/Summer really exxaggerated the rock n’ roll, grunginess of the clothing. I think Celine fans will be pleased. One again, LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault, proves why he is on top of his game as the controversial decision to appoint Hedi Slimane as creative Director of Celine finally makes sense.