So Fresh, So chic, so right on. The first collection Phoebe Philo showed for Celine was a breath of fresh air for the French Fashion house - to say the least. The collection is hitting boutiques as I type, and the pieces are sure to be coveted by fans of Philo's former work at Chloe - and any women who appreciate beautiful, classic fashion.
The collection was minimal in silhouette, yet luxurious in fabrication. A perfect combination at a time when women are feeling strange about spending large sums of money, for clothing that seems too over the top or extravagant. The Earth tones of tropical wool trousers and rich brown leathers give a feeling of heritage and permanence, but are cut in modern shapes that flatter. Several dresses were strong points of the show and overall the palette was muted, but never mundane.
It seems as if the few years Philo had away from the spotlight gave her a fresh perspective. Her vision of Celine is relevant and accurate in her interpretation of what women want, and what Celine needs to recapture an audience. While the house has a chic reputation - rarely has it rang true at the cash register.
Former creative director - Michael Kors , was never able to make the brand a household name in America. To his credit, Mr. Kors was able to breathe new life into the ultra classic brand. (Think Chanel before Lagerfeld). This was of course before Mr. Kors was reborn as a judge on Project Runway- and had, himself, become a household name. Timing is everything and maybe it would have been Celine boutiques popping up in every mall across America instead of Michael Kors boutiques, if things had been different. I'm guessing Michael is happy with how that worked out! (Actually I know Michael from the beach and once, years ago, friends and I sneaked into his house to surprise him and his house guests. We interrupted movie night by taking over the stereo to blast Beyonce's -Bootylicious and dance on his coffee table..we were neighbors and bored and obviously had enjoyed a few cocktails -but that is a story for another time..) Bravo Michael, for having the foresight to say yes to Project Runway and for never taking yourself too seriously. Your collection has never looked better!
As for Phoebe Philo and Celine - the best is yet to come. Judging from the first collection for Spring 2010 - what is coming, should be fantastic! The Spring 2010 collection will be limited to just 24 boutiques globally. Three locations are in the U.S.
I told you the collection would be coveted! Click CELINE to visit the website. Find the store nearest you, before the items are as long gone as my bootylicious beach memories!