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Is Repetition Fitting or Bland and Boring?

Recently, Hedi Slimane came out with Celine’s new Spring 2019 line, which is now being criticized for having similar designs to his previous line with Yves Saint Laurent. This brings up the question as to whether Hedi Slimane should be commemorated or critiqued for having such similar designs in his recent switch from Yves Saint Laurent to Celine? His newest Spring 2019 line shows parallels of different pieces with his past.

The article Hedi Slimane’s Celine: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by Vanessa Friedman discusses similarities between Slimane’s newest line with Celine and previous with Yves Saint Laurent.

The branding, naming, and fashion design for each line was similar. Slimane has managed to change Celine’s name and logo as he did while at Yves Saint Laurent. Much commotion was drawn from the fashion line for the Celine Spring 2019 line, which directly shows repetition of his past designs with YSL.

Can designers successfully repeat themselves or does this repetition prove a lack of creativity? Does repetition show that the designers are keeping their style alive or that they have not been able to elevate themselves?


  1. ycao21 wrote:

    I don’t think it’s necessarily copying his own design, it may be his style of design, when I design something, the two pieces may look similar in the ways, but they are definitely not the same, because my intentions for the two pieces are different, but I do see why people are questioning his design abilities, because both YSL and Celine are equally expensive, if people want YSL they would buy YSL, when two different companies have similar styles, it could hurt both companies financial way.

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm | Permalink
  2. kreategu wrote:

    You know there was another example with Moschino and a younger designer in this fashion week. Jeremy Scott in his defense presented Moschino’s achievements over years when the clothing had the almost same pattern. I do think nowadays, everybody can have the same ideas without copying. But the real question is: are designers creating something original?

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm | Permalink