Phoebe Philo’s evolution of luxurious simplicity continued at Céline for Pre-Fall 2013. Season after season, she has made a case for experimental takes on volume, deliberately eschewing any contemporary tropes of “sexy” (the words “body conscious” do not appear to be remotely relevant in her vocabulary).
This time around, Philo engaged a sharp puritan aesthetic, cutting masculine suits and heavy melton outerwear that exuded clergical stoicism. The collection offered balancing notes of charm via nods to French-school-girl-prim and Austrian-governess-proper; knife-pleat midi-skirts, spectatored brogues and wedges, and école-issued straw hats homaged both Madeline and Maria von Trapp equally.
As with every season’s collection, Philo delivered a must-have accessory destined to spur retail wait-lists and e-commerce site crashes alike: her outsized, pilgrim-buckled belt is sure to become a belle of the street style ball next fall.