Céline | Pre AW15
Phoebe Philo has such an incredible talent for creating interesting and original minimalist designs that still have a touch of femininity about them. The ivory silk t-shirt dress could have been made from a fine jersey with a classic crew neck but Philo ramps it up with a high v-neck which draws the eye down the front of the dress highlighting a delicate ruche. The heavy oversize masculine-cut wool coat in army green is contrasted with the subtle frayed edges of the pleated burgundy culottes worn underneath. This is possibly the essence of what I love about Céline. Philo’s take on the jumpsuit and pinafore dress both exude maturity unlike other versions I’ve seen. When anyone mentions fringing I often think of ugly Baroque-esque curtains but at Céline bad taste boudoirs are forgotten and fringing suddenly appears quite sexy.
I’m not overtly feminine in my style, my palette is quite masculine, preferring blues and greys over pinks and mauves, and I don’t like clothes with a lot of embellishment. What I do really appreciate is an elegant cut which flatters the female figure and the sexiness of a well placed high split or a low-cut top that doesn’t shout ‘look at my cleavage’. Philo inspires me with every new collection, educating me on the nuances of good minimalist design.