Under Creative Director Phoebe Philo, Celine has been flying so high for the past few years that one expects, naturally, for one collection to be a bit less of a winner those before it -- but that collection is not fall/winter 2014, shown at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday.
The collection displayed a curious, and somewhat playful, interest in asymmetry: The first few looks featured white buttons on sharply tailored black coats, some running up further on one side than the other, followed by blouses with buttons in a triangle shape, the top one placed squarely in the center of the bust. The asymmetry of the buttons was echoed in the large feathered earrings, worn only on one ear, and lush fur shawls, carried on only one arm.
Philo repeated many of the shapes that likely proved strong sellers the fall before: namely, cocoon coats and mid-calf skirts, though this time the latter were slit (sometimes in multiple places), wrapped or shown in a more relaxed shape. There were also plenty more "ugly-chic" shoes to covet in the form of platform sandals and ankle boots with raised Doc Marten-esque soles. New were the shapes of the trousers, most memorably a gray wool pair with wide straight legs and a high waist (see top left), and a set of knit bell bottoms worn under form-fitting knit dresses.
Like many other designers this season, Celine was strong in the coat department: A black and white contrast coat tied on the right hip and a perfectly tailored camel coat (shown center) are sure to be strong sellers.
Click through to see all the looks.