“It’s about taking her out of urban life and putting her feet in the sand,” said Phoebe Philo about her latest Céline masterpiece collection. The models at her Paris show had briskness about them, and the clothes featured tented settings with natural and smooth-flowing concepts (Vogue.com). “I am somebody who is interested in how clothes make us feel, and in how we behave in different places. I thought, if you were traveling for a year, what would you take with you,” she said. Céline’s RTW SS16 collection is grounded and sophisticated, showing women this is house that provides the best cuts available. The Céline cropped shirt with a collar, balloon sleeve and fitted cuff, is a demonstration of Phoebe Philo’s intention of style, practicality and ease of travel. The statement shirt in optic white and black has become an airport sensation, as seen on Lily-Rose Depp, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively. The Céline A-line skirt with lace detailing at the hemline has a below-the-knee length and comes in black with cream lace. The elegant skirt states classic Céline “prettiness” and can be paired with the Céline sleeveless V-neck ribbed knit top with lace detailing at the chest in white or black, for a traditional meets modern look. Alternatively, there is the Céline viscose jersey ankle-length wrap skirt in sand and pearl grey. The functional piece can be dressed for any occasion and can, for example, be paired with the Céline boat neck, long-sleeved, ribbed knit top for a composed smart casual look. The jumper-style top features blue horizontal stripes and red cuffs in an off-white colour wave, for the adventurous, sailor-inspired traveller. This season’s series of jumpers are certainly a mentionable standout. The Céline black, chunky knit crew neck jumper with long sleeves, and a slight crop at the back of the neck, demonstrates Phoebe Philo’s love of unique cuts to suit all. Additionally, the Céline long-sleeved crew neck thick knit jumper featuring an open elbow and square metal attachment on the sleeve, not only enforces the prominence of cuts in a Céline collection, but adds dimensions of random creativity in the metal attachment, that allows a classical style to transcend into almost high-street esque fashion. This statement knit jumper comes in black or cream to match any mood or outfit. Phoebe Philo’s unique genius comes from her ability to provide a spectrum of equally valid looks within one collection, rather than just one look, leaving guests asking themselves which one they liked the best with each and every one giving a different answer. It is her catering to the emotional reality of difference that makes Céline a prominent and lasting force in the high-fashion world.
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