Few shows get me as excited as Céline, and especially Céline pre-fall. Something about the in-between, retail-friendly season usually spells magic for the Parisian label, and this year was no different. Silhouettes maintained their slouch, and cropped trousers and skirts hung flatteringly with a modest flare. As usual, Phoebe Philo is a master of fabric mixing, layering plush fur under sleek wool, fine silk under buttery leather. I’m not exaggerating when I say I would wear absolutely every single thing in this collection (although I’m not a big fan of the shoes). I was happy to see she was still working with fringe and circular hardware in her buttons and zippers. The ringed zippers, in particular, lend the garments a casual sportiness, although it’s more Aspen skiwear than health goth, which I’m sure most people have gotten sick of by now. Philo’s tastes veered a little more towards the playful and the delicate this season, opting for off-the-shoulder tops and strategically-placed ribbons. The Céline woman might be elegant and sophisticated first and foremost, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t indulge in girly dress-up from time to time.
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