DUBAI: Natalie Portman, who was one of eight artists "celebrated for their achievements in creative independence" at the IndieWire Honors in Los Angeles on Thursday, arrived in a bold dressing room: a spicy black suit with a pure cream blouse from the French-Tunisian designer Hedi Slimane from her first a collection as a creative director in Celine.
How black a brave suit? Well, apart from flying in a Hollywood convention wearing shiny prized gowns, the whole issue of Slimane's controversial collection for Celine appears.
Slimane, whose father is Tunisian, is known for his skinny costumes for Saint Laurent and Dior Homme. (The French designer is also known for wrinkling feathers with fashion conventions by interfering in fashion house names: he dropped "Yves" from Saint Laurent and accented "e" from Celine.)
By transferring its signature to Celine, the Slimane collection in the spring of 2019 for the label met with a very negative reception on the catwalk during the Paris Fashion Week in Paris. Some reviewers accused him of being a "unanimous pony," while others were lamenting that he had taken over the feminine legacy of the previous artistic director, the well-beloved Phoebe Philo, with a faint trace of the brand DNA to be found.
The fashion world watched and waited for this extremely important personality. At first she was Dakota Johnson, in a short sequined red dress at the LA premiere of her movie Suspiria about a week ago. And now Portman's approval comes.
Think what you want from Slimane & # 39; s Celine, the Rock & Roll Portman tuxedo was the right choice. In the end, she plays a pop star in "Vox Lux", which received positive reviews before its general release next month.
"I've never worked with someone more prepared or brave," wrote Brady Corbet, her director, Vox Lux, for IndieWire before the ceremony. "This commitment and courage are represented in other equally significant aspects of her life, such as her overt political activism, as well as her own work as a filmmaker."
Regarding her activism, in April this year Portman, an American-Israeli citizen, withdrew from receiving the Genesis Prize in Israel, which used lethal force against the protesters on the border with the Gaza Strip. "I decided not to take part because I did not want to appear as an approval of Benjamin Netanyahu, who was supposed to give a speech during the ceremony," she wrote on Instagram. "Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a refuge for refugees from the Holocaust, but the ill-treatment of those who suffer today's atrocities is simply incompatible with my Jewish values." Because I care about Israel, I have to oppose violence, corruption, inequality and abuse of power. "
Portman chose a more conventionally feminine look for her December cover for Vanity Fair, appearing in Dior's metallic dress.