To say that I love Céline would be an understatement. Leave it to Phoebe Philo to pun on jaw-dropping show, the one filled with new, challenging looks. The Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection is just too beautiful to be true, and having Mary J. Blige’s album playing during the show- including Bring Me Joy and I Love You– elevated the mood and celebrated femininity. Philo also celebrated female power and expressed her vision of a strong, confident woman. She played with broad-shoulder silhouettes and introduced a contemporary version of the power-suit. One side of the blazer was tucked into the skirt, as if she tried to reconcile the masculine and feminine side of a woman. The Paris Tennis Club served as the perfect setting for this unusual runway placed inside a bubble tent. Tucked in colorful blankets, the invitees enjoyed the return of fashion!
The one thing no one expected from Philo were the extremely feminine dresses open at the sides, with an inverted V-shape lace inserts in front. The color palette varied from wistful mustard to black-and-white, from indigo to ivory. The collection favorites are definitely an oversized, cape-like trench coat and a cozy anorak top, paired with patterned pants and boots. As a matter of fact, there was a trench coat overload! Since Céline serves as synonym for accessories, it is no wonder Philo came up with new IT bags, soft and subtle, yet extra large. Known for (almost) ugly footwear, for Céline’s vision of spring Philo designed ankle boots and two-toned loafers with oversized tassels. In addition to nature-inspired outerwear, there was a lot of redefined unisex tailoring seen best with the oversized boxy jackets, and a gorgeous navy dress. There was a lot of mismatch, but Philo made a statement for mixing it up. Flowing silhouettes met rigid cuts, feminine dresses met fugly shoes. However, the entire collection fits like a glove. The obsession is real! This might just be the most mature collection seen thus far at the Paris Fashion Week.
Photo credit: The Impression