Ever since 2009, French luxury house Celine has been a brand to watch, rely on, get excited by. All thanks to one Phoebe Philo. She transformed the image, the feel, the expectations.
For the spring summer season, the designer laureate took us to a whole new level. The running theme throughout the collection was colour. While every look had a bass note of black – whether that was a waist belt or an irregular architectural bag – sporadic colour-laden brush strokes were the stars of the show.
Of course, other prints were incorporated. From tartan skirts, to matte leather tops, it was a real mash-up. As always though, Phoebe allowed the separate garments to do more than just work together – they complemented each other, felt natural, even though aesthetically, they broke the rules.
There was a real oriental artsy feel to this collection. The brush stroke print, oversized, kimono sleeves and wrap waist belts brought us a taste of alternative Japan. But the East wasn’t the only influence evident in the collection. With bright yellows, safari greens and chunky bangles, there was an exotic vibe to the show, too.
Despite the structured tops, the range wasn’t all strict. Midi print skirts that swished and ruffled at the sides were paired with the stiffer pieces to create a juxtaposition that most designers would dream of creating. Loose vests accompanied by heavy bangles softened the feel of the collection. In true Phoebe style, while some of the items seemed elaborate, most of them felt wearable and real.
Our conclusion? Once again, Celine gives PFW what it wants: surprise, variety, and best of all, skill. Don’t be surprised if you find some of these ss14 pieces on your favourite fashion icons.