Celine's sober elegance sets Paris abuzz
Cheers and cries of delight rang out Sunday in Paris as flavour-of-the-moment designer Phoebe Philo unveiled her third collection for Celine, a summer look brimming with sober sophistication.
Caramel leather, desert-hooded weaves and elegant, flowing pants in ivory silk, with navy and sharp green bands lining the waist and side like a tuxedo: at each new piece, the room held its breath in admiration.
The magic was in the details, like a simple white jacket in starched cotton that left the back bare and fastened with a plain leather strap, or a white cotton blouse with a deep pink leather collar.
High-waisted leather skirts just covered the knee, curling around the hips to end in a gentle diagonal panel in the small of the back.
A sleeveless top in butter-soft maroon leather was paired with roomy trousers in vivid blue, while a long cotton damask tunic, like a sleeveless kimono was split on either side of the body, over a pair of pants.
A Moroccan flavour came from a green silk top with geometric motifs, hemmed with a band of orange, while a fluid, bare-armed navy dress robe plunged to a deep V shape at front an back -- while its modest, sister piece offered long sleeves and demure neckline.
The spring/summer collection for 2011 was unveiled mid-way through the French capital's marathon ready-to-wear shows.
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