Celine Resort 2013 Collection

by Alexander Patino

Perhaps what’s most impressive about Phoebe Philo’s expedient course to the tip tops of today’s fashion heap is how she’s managed to cultivate so many house staples for the resurrected house of Celine in so little time. Well, if the striped flared silk trousers and pastiches of leather and animal print weren’t already signatures, they are now.

For resort, Philo compressed her hits and strengths into seventeen pristine looks. From the onset, Philo has been a stalwart with outerwear. At this point she proves untouchable in the chic, expensive looking coat arena. Her brainy offering du jour was a burgundy leather coat spliced three times across the bodice with zips for creating alternate silhouettes.

It’s great news to see that Philo hasn’t lost her affinity for scarf prints. A white long-sleeve top with a matching pleated skirt, with a very high-rise kick-pleat, featured a geometric melon-colored print that was blown up, resized, expanded and cut up in just the right places, forming perfect symmetries along the sleeves, the edge of a square diagram on the skirt arriving just at the hip-bone. Just as many women will flock to the printed shorts that showed from under a heavenly pair of pants made of a weightless silk organza.

There was a nod to mod with the titillating, transparent footwear, and most of the looks were topped off with a fully enclosed foulard, but what most women will want to take away from this collection are the new Celine bags. ‘The Eagle’ offers a nice alternative to the always-in medicine bag, but it’s the ‘All Soft’ – the new folded tote – that is bound for ubiquity.