“Oh Céline — Madame Céline Dion!” Superstar stylist Regulation Roach has discovered himself a little bit of a dream consumer in Céline Dion, and Dion in return appears ever the comfortable camper. The powerhouse pop star made waves final 12 months throughout couture week in Paris for her head-to-toe couture appears to be like, in addition to her exuberance seen in photographs of her giving a double thumbs-up from the entrance row of Giambattista Valli, or waving to adoring followers from the sunroof of her automotive.
“She’s a vogue woman,” Roach says. “She buys couture, so it was solely proper for her to be on the couture exhibits.”
As Dion’s second Paris Couture Week involves an finish, WWD chatted with Roach about how he approached her appears to be like for this season, and the distinction a 12 months makes.
WWD: What was your method for dressing Céline for couture final 12 months?
Regulation Roach: I used to be simply starting my relationship with Céline. It was our very first week of working collectively, and it was very informal. It was like, “When is the final time you’ve been to a vogue present?” And she or he was like, “Oh, most likely 20 years in the past.” So I’m like, “effectively it’s couture week, we’re in Paris, let’s go to a few exhibits.”
She went to Dior and in addition Giambattista Valli and it was extra in regards to the expertise of me and her being out doing one thing she hasn’t finished in a very long time. It was very current that she had misplaced her husband, and I believe it performed a component in her therapeutic course of, simply to do one thing that took her thoughts off of the issues that have been taking place in her private life.
WWD: How was the method for this 12 months’s couture week completely different?
L.R.: There’s no plan, there’s no cause to it, it’s all about the best way we really feel. It’s the best way she feels when she wakes up and it’s the best way I really feel once I get up and we get collectively and we collaborate. We attempt to do issues that make sense for her and she or he’s fearless, she’s a threat-taker, she actually doesn’t care what folks assume. The Oscars look from 1996, the backwards swimsuit — [that] was earlier than its time and I completely agree along with her; she is unquestionably a visionary. She’s been doing this for 30 years. I’m a child in comparison with her, I’m comfortable to be alongside for all her vogue journey.
WWD: Has her reemergence into vogue — spurred by the whole lot you guys did final 12 months throughout couture — modified the best way you costume her, or the manufacturers you attempt along with her?
L.R.: Vetements [is a new brand I tried with her]. She had by no means worn that, so now she buys quite a lot of that. I don’t assume [the attention] a lot adjustments or impacts the best way we do issues, it’s only for me to be consistently on the hunt for brand spanking new issues and new manufacturers and new issues to indicate her, to maintain her and to spark a brand new curiosity in one thing that she may need missed or possibly not have been launched to up to now.
WWD: After the success and recognition of all her appears to be like from final 12 months’s couture, was there stress going into it this 12 months?
L.R.: No, no stress. By no means any stress. While you work with a lady like her, or a woman like Zendaya — [who] has no worry — then it’s simply superb. There’s no commonplace initially, like “we've to be higher than them” or “we've to do one thing new.” I believe once you attempt too arduous it appears to be like pressured and vogue ought to by no means be pressured. Type needs to be straightforward and easy and I believe once you stroll right into a scenario like mine, it’s alway going to be nice. It’s all the time gonna be lovely.