While songstress Celine Dion may be one of the all-time greats of pop ballads, she may not always have been equally lauded in terms of her style sensibilities.
All that changed last summer when Dion hired stylist Law Roach, who also styles Zendaya (who I deem as the next Rihanna). Many saw it as the songstress’ way of coping (first) with the passing of her husband of 22 years in January, and her brother just two days.
When the singer popped up at Paris Fashion Week last July for the Spring 2017 couture shows, the fashion crowd immediately took notice – for one thing, it was Dion’s first time attending the shows and second, she was dressed to kill.
Let’s take a long at her transformation:
#1: She took on neon yellow and made it her own
While yellow may have been one of the top colours of Spring 2017, not many people would venture to the brighter end of the spectrum such as the acid yellow dress by Balenciaga. Dion however, made it seem almost natural with the edition of a Saint Laurent leather jacket, over-the-knee leather boots and a Givenchy bag.
#2: The girl can rock a mean pair of thigh-high boots
This youthful Schiaparelli Spring 2017 couture ensemble might be more along the lines of Rita Ora but Dion pulled it off with great aplomb without looking the least contrived. Part of that allure must surely be accredited to her toned physique but Dion genuinely looks like she’s enjoying the makeover.
#3: First Met Gala jitters? She’s got it down pat
Strange as it may seem, this year was actually the first time the singer attended the Met Gala – all the more reinforcing the point that she was hardly seen as fashionable until recently.
While this Atelier Versace Fall 2014 piece would hardly have been my first choice for the Met Gala (why not something from Comme des Garcons?), it’s an eye-catching design and shows off Dion’s favourite assets – her legs. Still, we’ll give her props for the matching sculptural hairdo.
#4: She’s a mad hatter
As someone who wears hats daily, this is a woman after my own heart. While the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner are falling all over for ’90s trends such newsboy caps, Dion showed how grown women can rock the look too – after all, she probably wore many such hats during the actual decade itself.
#5: She’s a fan of the matchy-matchy look
Dion rocked an emerald green Zuhair Murad spring 2017 couture gown to the Grammys earlier this year. While it might be reminiscent of the ’80s and Dynasty thanks to those peaked shoulders, I feel that it’s ’80s done right. Paired with all the right accessories (her heels are an improvement over the runway’s), this is what I call a textbook case of the classic matchy-matchy look. Other celebrities who are getting onto the matchy-matchy bandwagon would do well to take notes.
#6: She’s a working girl
If you’re thinking of trying the utilitarian boiler suit but wary that it might make you look like a factory girl, here’s how to do it the Dion way – pair with sky-high booties and a no-nonsense leather biker.
For more tips on how to pull off the boiler suit look successfully, look to fashion editor Imran Jalal’s tips.
#7: THAT white gown
Of course, we can’t really end off this list without this stunning look that also landed Dion on my best-dressed list for the Billboard Music Awards. While this Stephane Rolland couture gown was fit for a diva – not every diva can pull this look off – most would lack the height to do this look justice. One for Dion and stylist Law Roach’s hall of fame.
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