Celine Dion took the stage at this year’s Women’s trade fair at MAGIC to launch her new line of handbags, luggage, and other travel accessories, The Celine Dion Collection. For someone who has spent quite some time in fashion, and is also a huge fan of hers, this opportunity was a godsend.
We all filed into the press room at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and took our seats. This was my first press conference to attend by myself, so needless to say I was nervous. After a little while, the doors behind the stage opened up, and in she walked.
Dion walked in wearing a very ‘Celine’ outfit – one you would definitely expect from the fashionista. With red thigh-high boots, a structured white romper, and a white blazer sporting a huge red heart with glittery arrows piercing it, Dion strutted to her seat for the official announcement.
As soon as she sat down, the questions began pouring in. First, Dion took a minute to discuss her late husband, Rene Angelil, and how proud he would be of this accomplishment.
“The collection is not something Rene and I talked about, but I know he would be proud,” said Dion. She also spoke of how they were always 50/50 in any endeavor they took on. She continued, ‘He gave me the rest of him. I feel stronger, I step forward. I say what I mean, I mean what I say. I stand up for my kids and I feel like I’m the leader of the family.’
As the Canadian-born songstress continued her speech, she began showing off some of the pieces from her collection – around 70 of the 200-plus pieces. All of the bags she showed off were very structured, included exquisite hardware on the outside, and luxury-style fabrics on the interior. While putting her passion project on display, Dion invited co-designer Johanne Boivin on stage to applaud her hard work and give credit. The two creative minds then proceeded to have a conversation among friends as the rest of us watched on.
During the Q&A portion of the event, Dion seemed very interested in taking every question she possibly could. Many ranged from the fabrics used, price range, and creative process behind the designs. When I was called on to ask a question, I almost froze. Somehow I managed to ask the mezzo-soprano what impact she hoped to have on the fashion industry and if she hoped to take on more projects in the future.
“I do hope to bring my personal style to many people through this line, and I would definitely consider going further – possibly with clothing or shoes. I’m not sure,” said the Grammy-winning singer.
Before closing the press conference and exiting the stage, in true Celine fashion, Dion graced the room with a few soundbites from her most popular songs.
Keep an eye out for a few pieces from The Celine Dion Collection on her official website, which go on presale Feb. 27.