Reinvention is arguably the key to maintaining the flames of stardom lit, and Celine Dion has indeed managed to add fuel to her own sartorial fire in 2016. At 48 years old, the five-time Grammy winner has never before really been associated with the fashion crowd, but the turn of a new leaf earlier this year—her longtime husband, René Angélil, sadly passed away in January—has got us continuously tapping for credits that include a list of designers any stylist would kill for.
So when did her recent makeover commence? As many unforgettable and risqué style moments do, it all seems to have started on the red carpet at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, where Dion dazzled in a metallic gold dress from a relatively unknown Russian designer, Valentin Yudashkin, and stepped forward with sky-high Saint Laurent pumps along with an emotional performance that proved she was then prepared to be back on top.
Fast forward to the warm summer months and the icon, who just so happens to be working on a new fashion line, has taken to the streets of Paris to deliver one standout street style look after the next. Her secret weapon, it seems, is Law Roach, the stylist behind Zendaya’s cool-girl look. Roach has successfully convinced the Canadian singer to not just wear classically minimalist designers like Jil Sander, but also fuse her look with in-the-know, streetwear favorites, like Off-White by Kanye West’s dear pal Virgil Abloh. Most recently, with Roach once more at her side, Dion has been turning it out at the year’s holy grail of fashion presentations: Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Take a look at major summer style moments that have defined Dion’s new look, below. There’s clearly a new Celine in our eyes, and that’s the way it is.
1. IN TONAL GREENS
Celine Dion could have fancied her way into Emerald City with this fully green ensemble that she wore outside of Paris’s Le Royal Monceau Raffles hotel. The lady-like Gucci number featured a display of buttons down its center, along with a look-at-me floral design at the neckline and bell sleeves. She finished her look with a leather Gucci handbag and sexy ankle-strap pumps saturated in one shade darker to create a monochromatic tonal effect.
2. IN KHAKI SEPARATES
Neutral tones are by far a favorite of Dion’s, and the beauty prepared for the French leg of her summer European tour in a look that perfectly defines the urban idealist—khaki separates that she excellently coordinated with an array of gold jewels. Her triangular fringe-like earrings are hard to miss, not to mention those oversize rings and one chunky bangle. She kept it comfortable with black and gold sandals and, appropriately, a Céline handbag. A perfect example of the urban nomad.
3. IN HEAD-TO-TOE GRAY
Dion exited her Parisian apartment in a look that truly romanticizes the idea of French fashion. Her monochrome ensemble consisted of a Balmain robe-style coat, matching pants, and over-the-knee suede Le Silla boots. As if a floor-length topper wasn't enough to wow, she paired the outfit with a similarly toned Ugo Mozie hat and a wraparound scarf—two accessories that complemented her triangular geometric tote. Throw in oversize sunglasses and you’re certified Dion gold.
4. IN TAUPE-TONED PLAID
Who wears a leather top in the summer, anyway? Apparently Celine Dion, who zipped out of her hotel in Paris wearing taupe-colored plaid wide-leg culottes with a black turtleneck blouse and a matching black coat. Her pointed-toe booties gave the look an edge of femininity along with her black hardware-adorned bag. She also delivered I Dream of Jeannie vibes with a messy top-knot, gold hoop earrings, and two-tone sunglasses.
5. IN A FRILLY PRINTED GIAMBATISTA VALLI GOWN
Forget the whimsical ball gowns sent down the Giambattista Valli haute couture runway earlier this week. The buzz at the house’s show instead centered around Dion, who turned heads in clashed prints from her black-and-white patterned coat and floor-length gown that she styled with an adorable pastel pink handbag and her usual statement jewels. She also couldn't be missed from the front row—she proudly cheered, clapped, laughed, and gave her thumbs up with each passing look.
6. IN BADASS LEATHER PANTS
Princess-like gowns are perhaps what first comes to mind when you think of Christian Dior Haute Couture, but for Celine Dion, attending the house’s fall couture show instead calls for a dose of leather. She threw caution to the wind and rocked her sleek, fitted pants with a tailored jacket, leather gloves, pointed-toe pumps, and a chain-strap handbag.
7. IN PRETTY PURPLE FENDI
Graphics are hard to pull off, but Celine Dion did it so wonderfully in a vivid Fendi coat that she rocked with a matching ultra-violet handbag. And she let her statement pieces take the spotlight by scaling back on everything else, like classic skinny jeans and simple nude heels.
8. IN NEON YELLOW BALENCIAGA
We typically leave our neon pieces for the gym or, say, an EDM-fueled rave. But Celine Dion understands the power of Balenciaga. She rocked a blindingly bright yellow dress with an equally standout Saint Laurent leather jacket, Le Silla boots, and an oversize Givenchy tote. This is rock-n-roll chic at its finest.
9. IN A BRICK RED LEATHER COAT
This is how Dion does off-duty. She hit the streets of Paris again in blue jeans, a white tee, and a waxy leather Off-White coat with wide, floppy lapels and ruffled sleeves, color-coordinating her ensemble with a graphic Chloé scarf with a white leather Celine bag and geometric sandals.
10. IN A MILITARY GREEN JUMPSUIT AND SPORTY LEATHER
The jumpsuit is often reserved for youthful squad members, like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, but Celine Dion pays no mind to the parameters of age. She slayed in an army green utilitarian jumpsuit that she styled with an over-the-shoulder black moto jacket and a silver chain necklace. Her sky-high animal-skin booties and her silver hoop earrings inject the right amount of glamour.
11. IN A SLEEVELESS COAT
What better way to rock a coat in the summer than to opt for one sans sleeves? Dion did just that and pieced together a leaf-print version with jeans, pointed-toe booties, and a colorful scarf that not only hung from her handbag, but also gave the outfit a tropical twist.
12. IN A BRIGHT POP OF YELLOW
Unafraid to experiment with color, the singer once again proved that coats aren’t just reserved for cooler months. She sported a bright yellow Jil Sander coat with a collard white shirtdress and black super sexy open-toe Gianvito Rossi boots. Adorably, Dion blew kisses to her fans, all the while showing off her stack of silver bracelets.
13. IN A LITTLE BLACK SAINT LAURENT DRESS
Why not turn to Saint Laurent when searching for the perfect LDB? That’s what Dion successfully did here, when she rocked a sweet collared number with an over-the-shoulder coat, chunky platform heels, and a crocodile leather handbag, all from the Parisian fashion house.
14. IN SEXY METALLIC GOLD
Dion captivated our attention at the 2016 Billboard Awards (aka the starting point of her style transformation), where she not only delivered an emotional rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” but also quite literally reached for the gold in a gilded Valentin Yudashkin gown with Saint Laurent pumps.