It’s not a secret that I love Céline. Spring/Summer 2013 collection is definitely one on my favourite. Not because of the fur-lined sandals in a Birkenstock style but because of a beauty, easiness and subtle elegance of all garments shown in this collections. Dresses with unfinished/ragged edges and mesh/net inserts are still on my mind.
Phoebe Philo knows exactly what she’s doing and how to make women happy. Her designs don’t shout. They speak quietly but this voice is widely heard. There is sense of minimalism in her design. You may call them simple but never boring. Céline woman doesn’t look for ways to impress or to be noticed. She does’t need to. She choose what works for her the best. She choose clothes which become her second skin, not a costume. And even if it’s not her goal to be ‘visible’, you can’t pass her without noticing. She feels comfortable, she feels confident, she feels beautiful, she feels herself. That’s where her power comes from.
Coco Chanel said once: ‘Imitation is the highest form of flattery’. Based on that quote Céline is highly praised. In the past few seasons it has become widely copied by many high-street retailers. It resulted in action taken by the brand who decided not to reveal their Resort and Pre-Fall collections until a few weeks before they are available in stores. When most of the brands were presenting their Resort 2015 collections in May and June this year, Céline was keeping it as a secret. It wasn’t revealed until the end of October when the brand published a look book along with campaign images from their Resort 2015 collection on their website.
Céline is one of those brands where visual/photographic aspect of the collections is equally important as clothes themselves. There is even something like a ‘Céline aesthetic’ when it comes to the advertising campaigns. Some people may argue that reason for that is strongly related with a particular cast – Daria Werbowy who is the face of Céline for a few years now and Jürgen Teller behind the lens. I will allege that there is something more than that.
Céline Resort 2015 campaign features Philo’s long time favourite Daria this time shoot not by Teller but Tyrone Lebon. Images are extremely simple. I would even said ‘austere’. But that’s where I find their power and beauty. Similar to look book where models are photographed in a classic catalogue-style straight poses but also shot in close-ups presenting the details. These images aren’t only a product photos, they are beautiful photographs which would work perfectly as an editorial.
The collection itself is a story of Céline’s well-know simplicity and love for black, white and creme/beige with perfectly balanced addition of colour. Great tailoring and beautiful details are part of Céline’s signature. Colour is present mainly in stripy knitwear pieces and accessories. Oh, yes, accessories. After a huge success of a big, chunky, brass single earring from AW14 (read more about single earring trend here), Céline decided to play big again. Resort 2015 jewellery can’t be unnoticed. Huge aluminium and crystal earrings and large brass and crystal straws necklace are definitely an statement pieces.
Well, Céline stole my heart. Again.
(All photos: Celine.com)