The Spring 2019 trends predict an extravagant season. We’ve been all about maximalism since last year, and the era of details isn’t going anywhere soon. During the last fashion month, designers used bows to spice up their collections. Feast your eyes on these runway looks that prove bows are fashion‘s chicest detail.
This year is a year of changes for the luxury French fashion house Celine. After splitting ways with their creative director of almost a decade Phoebe Philo, the label is introducing a fresh wave of innovations. Shortly after announcing the leave of Phoebe, they tapped Hedi Slimane to take over the leading spot in the brand. The news dropped at the beginning of the year, so we were all excited to see what the designer has up his sleeve. As a very unexpected first move, Slimane decided to upgrade Celine’s logo and reveal a brand new one.
There is no doubt that Phoebe Philo made Céline what it is today. Boss ladies from all around the world got worried about the future of the fashion house when Philo announced her departure. It’s hard to imagine that there is a decent replacement for this incredible woman, but it seems that Céline tried its best to find it. Hedi Slimane is the new creative director of the fashion house and will join Céline starting from February this year. Slimane previously designed for Dior Homme which is part of the LVMH Group fashion conglomerate and Saint Laurent. Now he is back in the LVMH Group that also owns Céline.
Phoebe Philo came to Céline in 2008, when the French fashion house was underperforming. She managed to lift the brand up with her minimalist designs and many infamous bags. Céline’s bags are a staple among the busy women thanks to Phoebe’s virtuosity to connect fashion and function. The brand’s revenues speak enough of Phoebe Philo’s success in the role of a creative director. Anyway, Hedi Slimane seems to have a progressive vision for Céline as well. The LVMH Group announced that Slimane will add menswear, couture, and fragrances. It’s almost impossible to imagine Philo’s highly functional designs in couture form, but soon we’ll have a chance to see new exciting offerings from the fashion house.
Hedi Slimane is also expected to boost Céline’s online presence. Under the helm of Phoebe Philo, the brand launched an Instagram account long after its competitors. Last year in mid-December the fashion house finally launched its e-commerce site. In an era of online shopping, it seemed that Céline is a bit late to the party. Anyway, it’s even more impressing that Phoebe Philo managed to reach such heights with Celine with such little online presence.
Besides design, Hedi Slimane works as a photographer. He openly discussed his intentions to go back to designing after many photography projects recently. Last year there were speculations that Slimane will join Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel to design menswear line for the brand, which he denied. The designer is expected to present his first collection for Céline in September during Paris Fashion Week. We have yet to see if Slimane will preserve Philo’s minimalist aesthetic or take the fashion house in some other direction. Phoebe Philo will unveil one more collection for Céline in March. The Fall 2018 collection will be her last one for the French fashion house.
After 10 years as a creative director of Céline, Phoebe Philo is leaving the fashion house. The word about Philo’s departure was out since a while ago, but the designer denied all the rumors. Her last work for Céline will be the Fall 2018 collection, that will showcase in March.
“Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years. I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations…it’s been amazing.”- the designer stated.
After her arrival in Céline, Phoebe changed the whole perception of the fashion audience for the brand. She managed to transform it into one of the leading fashion houses with recognizable and trendy aesthetics. Referred to as the “designer who knows what women want”, Philo has her fair share of successes and victories in fashion. She is solely responsible for redefining some of the biggest stereotypes in women’s clothing. Thanks to her innovative approach, she changed so many of our perspectives of what is fashionable and classic. The chic camel coats, work pants and masculine outwear is a part of our everyday life to this extent, all because of Phoebe Philo.
Before Céline, Philo worked 8 years in Chloé, from 1997 to 2006. Phoebe was the creative director of Chloé for five years, since 2001. She took over the leading position in the French fashion house in 2008. Until then, Céline was nothing but a forgotten brand that didn’t rank high in the fashion industry.
Philo grew to be one of the most influential designers thanks to her broad-minded thinking and innovative creations. She has a huge impact on the fashion we know today. Lead by her motto “for women, by a woman”, Phoebe is responsible for many of the trends we can’t live without. Her strongly accented sense of mixing feminine and masculine cuts changed the way women dress. We all followed her immaculate vision of minimalism without even knowing it. That is her biggest power as a designer and a trendsetter. She made the same trends apply to all ages, sizes, and races, which is an achievement worth a lot of praise.
Phoebe’s next move is still a mystery. Every single fashion house will be lucky to have such a genius as a part of their leading team. There is speculation that Philo will be taking over Christopher Bailey’s spot in Burberry. For now, she looks forward to a well-deserved rest from all the craziness going on in the fashion world.
In a time when most of the designers decided to “free the nipple” Phoebe Philo brought powerful spring collection full of androgynous designs. The venue choice was pretty unexpected. The designer placed a giant bubble tent inside the Tennis Club de Paris. The tent was full of wooden benches and comfy blankets on the top. The atmosphere was a true treat for the professional class women who came to see the latest Céline offerings. Relaxing, yet chic the setting at the venue perfectly complimented the office-approved designs. The soundtrack took things to another level. Mary J Blige’s “You’re all I need” played in the background while the audience got a feeling that Philo’s designs are all they need for the upcoming spring.
Phoebe Philo was obsessed with the Céline 1970s woman lately. She looked at advertisements from that period and recalled why she came to work for Céline at first place. The designer admired the Ave Foch lady and that’s one of the reasons she became the creative designer of Céline. So the silhouettes were inspired by the ‘70s, but the positive vibe in the collection came from the ‘80s. Philo sensed the freedom and optimism the designers had in the ‘80s and wanted to bring that vibe in her spring 2018 offerings for Céline.
“I wanted it to look optimistic. It felt personal to me. I felt like celebration. If there is anything to say at the moment, let it be with love. Let it be joyful. I couldn’t think of anything else to talk about other than something that felt joy,” the designer explained.
Phoebe Philo presented an optimistic collection. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino also opted for positivity on the runway this season. After the fall political-themed collections we saw back in February, it was about the time designers to show some optimistic designs. After all, fashion should make us feel better.
The Céline Spring 2018 collection was a dream come true for the working women. Power suits with loose silhouettes, asymmetrically pleated skirts, and overall comfortable clothes. The trench coats were among the highlights of the collection. Phoebe Philo went above fashion with the spring trench coats. These are probably the most practical coats you could get. The designer added another layer over the base so you could protect your bag from the rain.The idea came from the designer’s personal struggle to cover her bag under the sleeve when is raining outside. For the business women who carry giant bags all the time, this is a lifesaving feature.
The Céline Spring 2018 Collection is more than fashion. The collection offers timeless pieces that will carry you effortlessly through your work days all while looking extra chic.
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The Celine fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection was clean and efficient. The modern and simplistic aesthetic of the clothes seemed to be ideal for the busy woman with a task list to tackle. The entire runway show seemed to be about bustling and moving through the day.
Busy, busy, busy, the models were constantly on the move in a well expressed ambiance of everyday goings on with people moving to get where they needed to be. Seating on turntables pushed home the ‘as the world turns’ type of theme, but possibly giving some vertigo between the slow movement of the bleachers and the dizzying paths of the models.
Even the silhouettes of the backstage crew added to the impression of people rushing to get things done, but we know this is the way of things backstage anyway. The point was well made if not focused on too much. The concept stopped just short of bashing the spinning audience over their heads.
There was a lot of change for the Celine brand this year with a new Instagram page and the announced launch for e-commerce and even a new CEO. The influence this had on Phoebe Philo appears to have bolstered a physical manifestation of confidence in the silhouettes of her ensembles. Philo is a master of the minimalist form but certain tweaks are evident in her new collection, showing a Celine collection that is not only on the move, but expecting people to get out the way as well.
Everyone pulled something different from the show, from journalists being low key to high key offended that Philo was allowing a hello but no questions or in-depth interviews at all backstage to those wondering what the dizzying choreography of the models was meant to flesh out. To me, it seems obvious that the point Phoebe Philo wanted to push home was that the Celine woman is busy, she has things to do, and thus as a Celine woman Phoebe Philo too is busy, only having time for a quick hello in passing.
Minimalists do not use a lot to make a point, and Phoebe Philo is famous for that minimalist style in her conversation and explanations as well. Though the clothes were minimalist in design, they were affluent looking, comfortable in their appeal to convey her point Philo chose not to explain her collection to death this season – it spoke for itself.
She provided levity for the seriousness in very attractive stoles that looked like portable comfort draped over the arms of a few of the models. The Celine woman is prepared; there is certainly that aspect to the looks as well during a very successful show that hammered quite a few points home.
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The Celine resort 2017 collection by Phoebe Philo was presented on the day of the United States Presidential election in what many are considering an attempt to slip in the interesting collection as a surprising footnote for the day. It is possible that the intent of Phoebe Philo was to let the fashions speak for the resort 2017 collection rather than creating a lot of pomp for an unveiling. It was like a surprising mystery reveal that was amusing in the way it was silently presented, but still hailed as a well-designed success.
The silence of the reveal from Céline and Phoebe Philo’s side was more than mysterious and has a lot of consideration going around in regards to why there was no pomp or any high levels of attention set up before the Céline cruise 2017 collection was revealed. One considered possibility is that the collection is not meant to be seen to the point that people are tired of seeing it before the clothes can be purchased in Céline stores.
It is a possibility of course, but in all truth it does not matter. There are brand loyal Céline customers who were excited to see the designs and Phoebe Philo’s fashions are not designed to not be seen after all. Perhaps she just wanted to avoid the process of creating a huge amount of want to see the collection because it was already there.
Céline is a brand synonymous with luxury and well thought out, incredible pieces. There is no way that the collection would be revealed in a way that is completely unnoticed or unwanted. The necessity of a pre-endorsed collection designed to have customers salivating over an upcoming release was completely unnecessary.
Once the images were released, the Céline customer was informed and ready for the oversized menswear inspired line. The silhouettes created with the nipped in waists that appear smaller thanks to the oversized shoulders that tapered down to create the illusion were noted. The pants that featured front pleats and narrow ankles with the feeling of fashions pasts were noted.
The fashions presented for the Céline resort 2017 collection were about very specific tailoring and catching and guiding the eye in very interesting ways. The trench coat is always a great staple and here the oversized wonder of a trench coat will be picked up by a lot of women once it is available.
These clothes will have a very interesting effect on the wearer depending on their individual proportions since all women are not shaped the same way. This is not to suggest the clothes will be unflattering on anyone, just that the fit should be an interesting thing to keep not of as people are seen in the Céline 2017 resort collection once it is available in Céline stores.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Held at the Tennis Club de Paris during Paris Fashion Week, Phoebe Philo’s Celine spring/summer 2017 collection is one of the most talked about runway shows of the moment, as the iconic fashion designer mixed moments of pure femininity with highly couture-esque urban-chic motifs. To top it all off, Phoebe Philo also added a subtle element of surprise to her lineup that will particularly intrigue those, who have fun playing with accessories.
As a whole, the Celine spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection was extremely variegated and sophisticated, even when displaying outerwear-inspired staples. Like Gvasalia’s Balenciaga spring 2017 collection, Philo’s Celine lineup for the spring/summer 2017 season strongly focused on cozier figures, with textures, lines and cuts that will come in handy especially during spring’s weather unpredictability.
Phoebe Philo played with different materials too, with a sleek leather fabric and silky materials dominating the scene. Most of the blazers, sweatshirts and trench coats also looked warmer than what we would usually consider as a summer-read staple, which will make many of you sad that the collection was not a see-now-buy-now one.
Although some staples were heavyweight looking, the overall impression was that of an extremely relaxed lineup, both in lines and perceptions. Draped and wrapped dresses ethereally got alternated with inversed peplum skirts, with airy capes and voluminous sleeves completing the lineup. Slightly sheer fabrics surely helped the collection get its most voluminous, flowly take, as seen, for example, in the drop-waist shirtdresses, and billowy cropped pants.
Aside from the bright whites, which are one of Philo’s recurring shades, the Celine spring 2017 collection included soft yellows, mint greens and reds, with also pops of delicate pink and orange revamping the scene. The collection’s protagonist was, however, a specific shade of blue, renamed International Klein Blue after French artist Yves Klein.
Philo, who loves mixing art with fashion, took one of Nouveau Realisme’s leading artists as one of her collection’s main sources of inspiration, as his signature blue paint strokes got revisited to evoke and represent female silhouettes. Phoebe Philo then also dipped some of her white frocks into Yves Klein’s iconic blue hue, adding a sort of street style allure to the entire collection.
Yves Klein was not, however, the only artist whose works inspired Philo’s Celine spring 2017 collection. To reinforce the runway show’s cosmopolitan attitude, Philo asked artist Dan Graham to showcase one of his most standout works, namely an S-shaped structure that was placed in the middle of the runway.
“Social interaction, fantasy and life in general are the main driving forces in my work,” explained Celine’s creative director. “Dan Graham’s installation is therefore an interesting and powerful way for me to present my collection to the audience.”
As mentioned above, Philo’s Celine spring/summer 2017 collection was heavily urban-chic, as demonstrated by the runway show’s soundtrack as well, namely the noises of the city traffic. Such a soundtrack went hand in hand especially with the layered, street wear-inspired outfits, which she often completed with pairs of sporty-chic Adidas Stan Smith.
The accessory line couldn’t, of course, be any less imposing than the clothing line. Pointy-toe flats and ankle boots, often unpaired, got alternated with fancy sneakers and whimsical hybrids between a flip-flop and a boot, which unapologetically reminded us of Philo’s elegant nonconformism.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Photographed by iconic Juergen Teller, the Celine winter 2016-2017 ad campaign exudes the Maison’s notorious uber-chic and visionary vibes along with creative director Phoebe Philo’s magic touches, which turn everything into gold as if she is a sort of unconventional, fashionist modern-time Queen Midas.
Although not properly gold, one of the Celine winter 2016 campaign’s motifs is a closer shade of color, namely yellow, used throughout the pictures in its brightest, most vivid tonality. Teller, who is a master when it comes to combining creativity and art with marketing and commercialism, perfectly managed to capture the campaign’s sophisticated yet quirky essence using the aforementioned yellow color as an appealing eye-catching gimmick.
In doing so, he effortlessly enhanced all of the well-tailored Celine FW 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection’s proposals the campaign displays, drawing our attention to the refined cuts and modern lines of the garments.
Models of the moment Frederikke Sofie, Charlee Fraser, Karly Loyce, Lena Hardt, and Marte Mei van Haaster surely helped Juergen Teller reach his artistic goal and fashion ideal setting, which usually involves raw scenarios and pretending-to-be-awkward models and poses.
As for the designed garments, Celine’s winter 2016 campaign focuses on oversized cocoon cuts, bon-ton collars and palazzo pants, which all together create unique outfits and inspirational proposals anyone would love to wear either at a fancy meeting during the day, or at a cocktail party later in the evening.
Celine’s FW 2016-17 rtw collection, which mixed Twenties Charleston vibes with shabby chic baggy lines, is here harmoniously showcased along with an in-depth focus on its most representative items, including the ultimate It-cape coat with structured shoulders that could make anyone look like an urban-chic, cosmopolitan princess.
Phoebe Philo’s pieces, which earlier this year she described as something that could make us eager to find the stillness in the things we do and love, perfectly balance the line-up’s overall dynamic leitmotif, which contrastingly combines stillness with clothes that easily keep up with all the busy things one has to do during the day.
The campaign focuses on practical raincoats, cozy shirts and relaxed waistcoats, yet making sure only the softest, stillest and most aesthetically ethereal colors get captured by Juergen Teller’s professional eyes.
The campaign inevitably focuses on the collection’s main accessories too, among which Celine’s Drew Bag and iconic pointy-toe shoes stand out. Other appealing It-items include the comfortable Hiker Flat Ankle Strap sandals (which we bet will keep on claiming fashion victims throughout this pre-spring 2017 season too), and the must-have Large Croissant backpack in light brown, the ultra-modern closure of which will surely become as popular as the Drew’s.
Celine’s FW 2016-17 rtw collection is already available at celine.com.
Photos courtesy of Celine