Playing to her stylist strengths, designer Phoebe Philo crafted a classically beautiful collection for the house of Celine in a soft, pared-back palette of white, grey, navy and black. Knotted-front tops, mesh inserts of white and black on contrasting dresses and separates, and fabric which wrapped the shoulders in place reflected Philo’s knack for creative simplicity. Silky and fluid were wide-legged trousers and tops, cropped came jackets while others were inflated with volume putting emphasis on the shoulders – style markers that have denoted the trends of this season from Balenciaga and Balmain to Westwood and Gaultier. It was a collection which celebrated separates as Philo invited the Celine woman to engage with her stylist aesthetic and try her own hand at defining her personal wardrobe. Whispers of soft pink and daring red shoes interjected the select palette in a collection that was all about minimalism and femininity. Flared lines softened sharp tailoring and the hems of long dresses both navy and white were frayed and wispy. Flamboyant without trying to be, the spring summer 2013 capsule showed Philo’s talents at their best, wrapped up in the beauty of strong yet simple design.
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