Céline Catwalk Fashion Show Paris ss2012

October 2, 2011 by  
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You can’t avoid Céline these days in Paris. Not in the streets, not in the shops – the new minimalism Phoebe Philo preaches inspired lots of people and made women reconsider their garderobe and make new choices. The collection she sent out this morning pushed the boundaries of simply elegant again. This time Phoebe Philo added a touch of militarism and workwear to the clothes.

The grid was formed by wide pants -ankle-height -, pleated skirts, battledresses and longer jackets with large pockets both tied wit a big belt and dresses that reminded of a nurse in gone-by times. The collection breathed moderism in every stitch but had an invisible Forties touch. White was the main color, followed by brown and dark green, one part had flashes of red.

There were Philo’s signature leather structured tops, sweaters, T-shirts and tunics with a longer length at the back. They added a feminine touch to the straight pants and mixed very well with the pleated skirts. Balck suede shoes had high platforms – sometimes in contrasting color -, round toes and big straps.


Stella McCartney Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2010

March 8, 2010 by  
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Suddenly clean, minimal fashion is a hit. It started with Jil Sander and Raf Simons, then Phoebe Philo at Celine and now Stella McCartney got caught by it too. Gone are her sexy, flirtatious clothes with a classic touch, her fall/wintershow opened with a sleek gray cashmere coat just above the knee, worn with bare legs and slingbacks. Second outfit was a camel/blue  tunic with oversized stripes worn with slacks.

Gray, black, blue and camel were the main colors of the collection, with orange and fuchsia as shocking contrast. Graphic illusions were created with floating sleeves and geometric wool appliques on organza dresses. Cosy and comfortable were oversized cardigans in fishermen’s rib and a wrap coat in structural wool. Great basics were the stretch stirrup trousers, their slim silhouette paired effortlessly with the knitwear and tunics.

The eveningwear looked more glamorous with the draped backs and flesh revealing slits. The dresses had long train extensions.

The show was dedicated to her family, kids and team, but also to Lee – Alexander- McQueen. ‘You’re missed’, Stella wrote in a personal note.

Céline Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2010

March 7, 2010 by  
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Phoebe Pilo’s debut springcollection at Céline was a huge success. Copies of her crisply chic safari jackets and dresses, the long white shirts and A-line skirts are dominating the stores of  cheap fashionlabels as we speak, but the house’s originals are also selling very well. Philo’s first collection was  a breath of fresh air at a time when fashion needed a respite from recession and the glamazon  look of black leather and big shoulders.

So expectations were high for her second collection. But as Philo said in her interview with T-magazine, she continued her work with great investment pieces in the best fabrics and in her signature clean, sophisticated cut. No frills, but deep blue coats instead, tailoring, short jackets, skinny pants, white (lace) shirts and leather pockets as a contrasting detail at A-line skirts. Ultra-chique and a winner were the white lammy capes. Simple, but feminine.

Celine Catwalk Fashion Show ss2010

October 6, 2009 by  
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After four years of silence Phoebe Philo (who formerly worked for Chloé) showed a new collection during her runway debut for Celine. By deciding a new iconic look she went back to basic. The clothes looked sober in shades of beige, white and camel. There were hardly any accessories and Philo only used one or two pieces of clothing per outfit. No fuss but clear, tight and wearable shapes and fits. ‘A kind of contemporary minimalism’, as she called it herself. Philo designed many leather pieces, almost all without visible seams, pockets, zippers or buttons. There were some cross-laced items, a few wide sleeves and several epaulettes. A leather coat with a rounded standing collar was the most striking piece of the collection. Philo’s Chloé-touch was visible in  wide pants and wedge sandals. Of course the big question is: will Philo be able to bring back Celine’s success? Judging from the enthusiastic reactions of the audience, she will. (Tess van Daelen)