Do you remember all those shivers that ran down our spines when all the rumors were speculating about a possible split between Phoebe Philo and Céline? Now that the long-awaited Céline pre-fall 2016 collection is finally here, we can officially breathe a sigh of relief. With the pre-fall collections usually being the labels’ biggest moneymakers, we can’t be surprised to see how Celine’s signature aesthetics got skillfully rebranded in a more wearable and commercial way. For Céline, of course, this always means tons of key pieces that will not only fly off the stores in the blink of the eye, but will also enter the Hall of Fashion that will be eternally filled with Céline’s iconic handbags.
The Céline pre-fall 2016 collection is all about an eccentricity-meets-minimalism sort of style, which combines Philo’s notorious love for geometric shapes and solid-colored patterns with some of the edgiest and most contemporary trends one can possibly ask for. Packed with highly wearable ensembles, this collection will let you fall in love with the Seventies fashion once for all.
Those who can’t help coveting Philo’s iconic jackets and coats will also be pleased to discover that the fashion designer is still mastering the art of coats, this time around adding an incomparable sophisticated touch to her creations, the many nude-toned coats that are sure to quickly fly off the stores as soon as they become available.
As for the main pre-fall 2016 trends, Philo decided to focus on loose shapes and bell-bottom/palazzo pants, to which she gave balance adding structured shirts and jackets with long sleeves. The quirkily shaped sleeves are actually a recurring motif in this collection, and also come in the form of ethereal butterfly and peplum long sleeves. It is also interesting to notice how this collection’s melting pot of shapes is deeply linked with its different textures: whilst the butterfly sleeves are made of a silky material, the structured sleeves as well as the overall more geometric shapes are made of a raw wool fabric.
Like a feng shui interior designer, she even matched all the colors with the most appropriate textures and materials, linking the dark-toned hues to the more geometric and minimalistic staples, whereas she opted for boho prints, greens, yellows and beiges for the Seventies-inspired proposals. Boxy silhouettes and mannish cuts keep Phoebe Philo’s iconic style intact, with the sole exception of the aforementioned palazzo pants. To hit it big, she didn’t however just add palazzo pants to her collection, but also utilized whimsically sleek fabrics for her creations.
As far as the accessory line of the collection goes, which is always one of the most anticipated ones, Philo delivered a cool array of matching round-toed boots (in contrast with the pre-fall’s pointed boots), and of course three new bag shapes that are already must-haves, namely the Shopper, the Chain and the Croissant bag.
Photos courtesy of Vogue