Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week: Céline

– By Nausheen Shah –

Phoebe Philo delivered Céline’s 2013 Spring collection with a message of change, contradiction and surprise.
Philo’s first statement rang strong leaving behind her signature color palate of bright oranges, cobalt blues and pony hair browns.  Instead, a much more subtle display of black, white and grey with pops of crimson were conjured up perhaps to draw more focus to her notable “utilitarian tailoring.”
Opposites attracted as matte and shiny, charmeuse twist motifs rested upon shoulders and hips balancing loosely draped silhouettes of dresses and tops.  Boxy blazer vests, over-sized trousers and floating silk trenches dominated the collection.  But the real stand out pieces were Philo’s mesh v-neck paneled dresses with raw hem details risen just above the ankle bringing attention to the curveball of the show, the shoes.
Philo imagined her collection as being about “togetherness, beauty, friendship, and a journey.”  Which might explain the playfulness of the flat fur-lined sandals used in conjunction with the majority of the looks.  What girl wouldn’t love to have her feet snuggled in mink as she perused around town?
As for the other accessories, Philo circled back to simplicity.  There were no metallic chains and vibrant hued cuffs but rather black leather knotted bracelets offset on each wrist.  A soon-to-be, must have item was also introduced in the form of a leather triple stack, roll handle clutch in various shades including butter, blush and baby blue.
At the end of every fashion show, it is common practice for all the attendees to receive program notes defining the house’s inspiration behind the collection, but this season that was not the case.  Instead, only a text-free book of collage pictures was given to each person.  Phoebe Philo might be the textbook definition of a true artisan, but when it comes to defining her collections she leaves that to each individual.  I think she has sent her message loud and clear.
Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist/creative consultant who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen.  In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style.  She also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life and can be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah
Photos courtesy of Style.com

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