The time has arrived for something different, and no designer should know that better than Phoebe Philo. The sleek and clean streamlined revolution Phoebe started two years ago has influenced everyone (including even spunky maximalists such as Sonia Rykiel, known for her sense of humor and fun). Now Céline has taken it too far and to put it frankly, I’m bored.
Set against a collection that was based on a “three-dimensional” silhouette – overtly rounded sleeves, extra-wide belts, A-lines all over the place – there were only two bag styles revealed on the runway. (But I expect to see lots of different incarnations of the Box bags and Luggage totes at retail stores next spring, as their popularity shows little sign of slowing down). Maybe Philo has gotten weary of all the attention her bags have garnered (hence the voluminous garb), but even the slight amount of bags we did see are not exciting. The geometric and yes, color-blocked envelope-style clutch (some with shoulder straps), in sharply shaped panels of suede and leather, is well, just another crisp, clean, and perfectly pleasant bag. To counter it, a round, unadorned hobo – the rustic leather – obviously the focal point of the bag – makes for good texture, but the overall effect reminds me of quintessential Coach. Clearly, it’s time for something new.
Photo Credit: Vogue