Celine creative director Phoebe Philo has really been changing things up at the brand house of late, this time pairing up mini dresses in boiled wool with flared trousers. It is all about elongated fits and lots of flares for the fall and winter seasons, the 2016 trends playing some part but not nearly as much as most other labels have brought them in. While the clothing available in the Celine fall/winter 2016-2017 collection itself was mostly for the fall and chillier weather, the footwear certainly was lagging behind and did not really get the memo it appears, for the ladies often appear on the Paris Fashion Week catwalk in sandaled feet, leather and straps and all.
Seasons appear to be blended here, with sunshine and lemon yellows in the mix actually and a few sleeveless dresses for extra loving. Plus, since it is summer at some part of the word at all points, it makes perfect sense to have the fashion designs reflect that reality. Those kick flared pants, though… they can pass in most places, most times of the year. They scream baggy comfort, and who would not want that?
Celine for the fall of 2016 seems to be more fundamental, more utilitarian and lacking in the extra hoopla we are used to seeing. It is relaxed, has much more to do with a leisurely time spent during the day, and includes some odd pieces such as a big black tweed bubble top. Shirts, trousers, coats and all are Philo’s thing and she enjoyed working with the different cuts to pull together a collection that indeed makes us want to cuddle in the softness of the oversized pieces. Celine has many strengths and it appears that each season is playing up on a new one. We look forward to seeing what spring 2017 will have in store for us.
The clothing in this line-up was pretty much a bold statement of beautiful pieces, ones that are meant to live in, move in and show off an evolved taste overall. “It’s about finding the possibilities. Curiosity. Going in there and trying to find it,” she said. “Find the stillness sometimes in it.” The stillness certainly is there, with its mellow behavior and general calm.
We see the undone cuffs and feel free and disentangled from the world; we notice that nothing is restricting and let out a breath. Japanese proportions come into play but even that is to give the body space to move in, evolve in.
The outerwear appears with cape-ish flaps and drawstring bottoms, while feminine tastes could also be seen in some of those gorgeous dresses with skirts floating about the calves. Some of the dresses were embroidered with organic link shapes, while we saw some shiny silk ones with ruching and knotting, the colors ranging between black, white, mustard yellow and a dash of mineral blue. Even a touch of green appears in one instance on the pants, while we generally are looking at creamy earth tones. It was interesting to say the least and those loose trousers are definitely a coveted piece from the show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue