Keeping Up With: Céline Dion

Travelgirl Céline DionShe’s a working mom, a superstar performer and a trendsetter when it comes to lifestyle fashions.

Her well-respected stage work set the tone for her phenomenal launch into designer handbags, luggage and accessories. The two-time Travelgirl covergirl is an unparalleled overachiever.

See her at Caesars

The legendary Céline Dion’s inaugural performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace happened on March 25, 2003. In fact, the venue was designed and built especially for her so that every audience member would have a clear view of the stage. Two hundred acoustical panels were installed to control the amplified sound, and a state-of-the-art humidity control system was put in to help protect the star’s voice.

Her original show, created and directed by Franco Dragone, ran for 717 sold-out performances. Céline took a three-year hiatus and returned to the famed Colosseum on March 15, 2011. The show — not surprisingly — garnered unprecedented rave reviews. On Oct. 8, 2016, this amazing working mom celebrated a significant milestone as she performed her 1,000th show at her beloved Colosseum.

Even if you’ve seen her in other venues, there’s nothing like the electrifying Vegas performance at Caesars Palace. Celine’s current show, directed by Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich, comprises a kaleidoscope of her favorite hits. It’s a musical parade of timeless standards by several iconic artists that spans decades and celebrates all music genres.

The Céline Dion Collection

She’s not only a powerhouse on stage, but also when it comes to lifestyle trends, and we’re delighted to share the highlights of her latest accomplishment, her own brand of handbags, luggage and accessories.
The Céline Dion Collection is the latest chapter in her 30-year career that includes five Grammys, two Oscars, selling more than 200 million records and winning seven American Music Awards.

The luggage and accessory collections will be unveiled at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas in April 2017.The luggage line features 13 stylish, three-piece sets of soft and hard luggage while the accessory line will include belts, leather bracelets, wallets, phone and tablet cases in both leather and faux leather.

It’s something Céline Dion and fashionistas around the world have been waiting for — the Céline Dion Collection will hit stores in September. The complete line of more than 200 pieces of high-quality, exquisite handbags, elegant luggage sets and must-have accessories won’t be available for a couple of months but Céline Dion, who cares deeply about her fans, is offering a pre-sale of four exclusive bags on her web store at www.celinedion.com.

Described as “bold,” “feminine,” and “sophisticated,” the entire collection took four months to develop and was conceived in collaboration with the world famous bugatti Group. The Quebec-based bugatti Group’s design team incorporated every element that echoes the Canadian chanteuse’s preferences and sense of style without compromising functionality and practicality.

The four pre-sale bags include one item from each of the Cavatina, Vibrato, Octave and Pizzicate collections. Each of these bags is more beautiful and functional than the other and represents the singing sensation’s unique style and positive attitude toward life.

A Childhood of Love and Music

One of 14 children, Céline was born into a very loving family and realized early on that she could sing beautifully. “When I was five years old my brother Michel asked me to sing at his wedding and everyone there told me I sang really well. That was the first time that I realized I had a good voice.” Her parents were wonderful role models, says Céline. “My mother is amazing. She took care of 14 children and never complained about a thing. She and my dad gave us so much love growing up.”

Céline met the love of her life, René Angélil, when she was only 12 years old. René mentored the young Céline after he listened to a tape of her music sent to him by her brother, Michel. Angélil became her manager and guided her into superstardom. Although 26 years her senior, René became the love of her life and the two married in 1994. Proud parents of three sons, René-Charles, who was born in 2001, and fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson, who were born in 2010, her beloved René lost his long and courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 14, 2016 at the age of 73.

“We are healing each day,” she told “Us Magazine” in an interview. “My kids are doing really well and eventually you have to just move on. Yesterday is over, tomorrow is not here yet, so today is today.”

A devoted wife and adoring mother, Céline always puts her children’s needs first. “I’m sure I speak for all moms out there, it’s a lot harder to be a mom than it is to do a job. A mom’s life is 24/7.  A job you can leave behind when the day’s work is done. It’s the same for a singer,” she says. “When I come off the stage, or I leave the theatre or recording studio, I don’t think about it anymore but I’m always thinking about my children.”

Céline Dion’s Pre-Sale

Céline Dion Collection
Photo by Denise Truscello

For her fans, the pre-sale of four items is exciting.  The first bag is named after the natural phenomenon “The Octave Relationship,” which is also known as the “basic miracle of music.” This collection embraces what Céline Dion is all about. It’s effortlessly chic with a touch of greatness. The octave collection is the “pièce de résistance” of the collection.

Made of soft leather, this double handle satchel opens up onto a main compartment and is fastened with a brush gold hardware featuring the CD logo. It comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap and is available in sand, black, grey, bordeaux and winter white. $298 US; $398 CAN.

In music, the staff is the set of five horizontal lines containing notes, rests and musical symbols. These lines that look inconsequential are the beginning of magical sounds that could become legendary. It’s the same with the Vibrato collection. It’s all about the power!
Made of quilted sheepskin, this multi-pocket bag has horizontal quilted detailing and zips up thanks to the light gold hardware closure. This spacious, and frankly beautiful bag, is available in black and chocolate. $268 US; $368 CAN.

Redesigning femininity, the Pizzicato collection offers a classic look with a new edgy dimension, which is so Céline Dion! With a pinch of metal hardware reminding us of the keys on a guitar, this collection embodies cool femininity.

Made of faux leather, this hobo bag with a top magnet closure has a front side stud detailing in a mixture of light gold, silver and gun metal colors. With a removable interior pouch and a multi-colored pom pom, this bag is available in black, purple and teal. $108 US; $128 CAN.

Refined in its simplicity, Cavatina is a staple collection that matches any style. Empowering by the choice of polished leather and the sleekness of its physique, the Cavatina collection is a practical yet gracious companion for the hands-on Céline woman.
The fourth item offered in the pre-sale is a top grain leather wallet that features a zip-around closure that opens up onto two compartments that will hold 20 cards. It is available in black and bordeaux and priced at $88 US; $108 CAN.

Meet the Collection

The entire 200-piece collection was designed in Canada and made in some of Celine’s hottest fan-based destinations, including Canada, Europe and Asia. Each piece is inspired by Céline’s love for fashion, art and music, and the collection offers premium quality accessories at a range of price points to appeal to women from around the globe and from all walks of life. Céline’s appeal is universal and so is her collection.

The handbag collection is comprised of 25 different stunning lines and made up of nappa, cowhide and lambskin leather as well as sheepskin, embossed suede, faux leather and nylon. The lines are available in an array of different color palettes, including black, grey, navy, burgundy, teal, taupe, tan, chocolate, blue and purple. Prices of the handbags range from $78 to $1,998.

The bugatti Group was Céline’s choice of a design partner because the company’s global vision brings more than 75 years of high quality, well-designed and meticulously crafted luggage, travel bags, computer bags, handbags and briefcases to the needs of customers around the world.

Tickets for Céline at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace are now on sale and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office by calling 866-320-9763 or online at 
www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com.

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