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For some, a particularly poignant commercial or movie is enough to cause tears. For Celine Dion, it was Valentino’s spring 2019 haute couture collection.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s show was undoubtedly one for the books. The designer assembled a diverse cast of models, in part inspired by a Cecil Beaton photograph. What it would be like if the picture was recreated with black women, the designer wondered. With that as jumping off point, a parade of jaw-dropping, magnificently colorful dresses took to the runway.
As captured on Instagram, it was a stunning bright yellow taffeta gown with a giant bow on the back that breezed past Dion and left her tearful in its wake. Intrepid fans pointed out that the song playing as the model walked was Roberta’s Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” — the same one that played at Dion’s wedding to her late husband René Angélil for their first dance—so that undoubtedly had something to do with it.
But that being said, impeccably designed collections just do something to Dion. At Alexandre Vauthier she did this as a gown walked by. We can’t hear her, but we’re sure she’s gesturing “poetry in motion.”
And last year at Giambattista Valli’s fall/winter 2016 show, the FROW favorite couldn’t hide her emotions as Valli’s stunning creations walked down the runway. From cheering like a proud soccer mom to giving a thumbs up, Dion couldn’t be stopped.
She returned to Valli’s 2018 couture presentation as excited as ever and jumped up and down in pure delight as the designer did his final walk.
But real talk: If you can’t be as excited as Celine Dion at Paris Couture Week, should you even be there?