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Why Céline Dion is the Fashion Icon We've Been Missing

The story behind this summer's biggest style revival 

BY BRITTANY ADAMS

STYLE  -  JULY 26

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She’s always had the range. Diva extraordinaire Céline Dion is experiencing a renaissance—let’s call it “A New Day”—unlike anything we’ve witnessed in recent memory. Dion, now closing in on 50, is set to drop a new album in August, but it’s her recently revamped look (thanks in part to joining forces with celeb stylist Law Roach) that has the fashion community atwitter. 

Picture this: Céline Dion wearing head-to-toe Céline. It happens all the time now. Our favorite Dion meta fashion moment? When the songstress stepped out earlier this month in an oh-so-cool Vetements hoodie printed with Jack and Rose from Titanic, which promptly caused the Internet to lose it. But that was just the beginning of Dion’s phoenix-from-the-ashes sartorial rise.

She hit the couture circuit—reportedly her first fashion shows in 20 years— and was by far the most enthusiastic front row guest amid the rungs of dour editors and blasé bloggers dressed like peacocks. To see her perched next to Ines de la Fressange and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda at Giambattista Valli was to witness the full cycle of human emotions. She laughed, she cheered, she whistled, she chest thumped, she gave her signature double thumbs up. How refreshing to see such childlike wonder at a fashion show full of people who do their best to look as over it as possible. “She was speechless after the show. It was the cutest thing,” her stylist told Elle.

Dion has kept up the momentum with well-documented appearances in outfits ranging from Raf Simons to Versace to Off White c/o Virgil Abloh. Designers are scrambling to dress Dion as she continues her publicity tour. Last week, she positively slayed on the Tonight Show in a mini dress (those gams!) covered in Margiela-like shards of glass (though it was in fact a Resort 2017 look from Canadian designer Mikael D), twerking like Rihanna and warbling like her pal Cher in an epic round of “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” 

While her seemingly sudden makeover thrust her back into the fashion spotlight, Dion is a longtime fashion fan—she is French (Canadian), after all. Remember that white tux by Galliano for Dior she inventively wore backwards to the 1999 Oscars? I do. I also remember how enchanting she looked in her dramatic wedding gown and jewel-encrusted turban veil. To me, she always seemed like a real life Disney Princess. Pantsuits, itty-bitty hemlines, slinky Tom Ford cutout dresses—she can and does rock it all. Speaking of rocking it all, fans will be happy to learn that the inimitable songstress plans to launch a lifestyle brand encompassing ready-to-wear, accessories, and home goods. Music to our ears. So don't call it a comeback. Call it a well-deserved moment. 

Click through the slideshow above for our favorite Celine Dion looks over the years.

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