Inspirations: Céline

I really appreciate brands that know how to renew their look. While some brands take a wrong direction in doing so, some really succeed in gaining a fresh look and a brand new face. Céline is one of them. It never took my attention until a year or two ago – when I saw an amazing display in one of its boutiques in Hong Kong. It’s neat, classy, impeccable, simple, chic… it’s feminine yet slightly masculine.

Originally launched in 1945 as a children’s shoe business, the French luxury house expanded during the 60s with adult footwear, handbags and women’s ready-to-wear collection. Founded by and helmed for over 40 years by Madame Céline Vipiana, Michael Kors took over in 1997. Upon his departure in 2004, the collection lost much of the buzz that was brought to the label by Kors. The year after, ex-Burberry designer Roberto Menichetti struggled as head designer. He was succeeded by Ivana Omazic, and in September 2008 the label announced that ex-Chloe visionary Phoebe Philo would step in, beginning with a Fall 2009 collection.

Below are some snaps from Spring 2011 RTW and Resort 2011 Womenswear. Colors, simplicity, cuts, fabrics, décolletés… it simply amazed me. Not to mention its Classic Box Bag has been my fave since its launch in Spring 2010.

On another note – the black jumpsuits, you shall be mine.


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