Thursday, June 11, 2009

Accessory of the Week: The Return of Celine

After dealing with the extremities of the downfall of the economy, it's always nice to get a dose of good news like the return of Phoebe Philo who is now at Celine. She left Chloe behind & it seems to be in good hands under Hannah MacGibbon, and not to get too wordy, but Celine has had it's fare share of downfalls. It's never been a big house, just a quiet French label based on classics and once upon a time shoes were the main focus. And it did have a very nice LVMH style redux under Michael Kors at the very beginning of this decade, but that was about only 10 seasons of a run. Kors made Celine a great label for tried-&-true jet-set finery, and in his style it was campy yet very, very refined in the best sportswear sensibility.

So where was Philo to take Celine? Judging by her first outing for Resort 2010, she has keenly taken full grasp of the house's identity, the state of today's economy and the reality that comes with those two very weighty issues. To tackle those dilemmas, Philo kept things fuss-free and simple, not too-cool, not too preppy mommy. And now that the "It" bag & shoe craze is finally over, we at Vnyc were really into the easy, classic & somewhat preppy bags. One bag in particular was a dead ringer for own Celine turn-lock mini bag from the 70's, and like that one, her bags were slightly uptown, streamlined and vaguely equestrian. Just how we like bags at the moment: no logo, no tricks, no prints, just clean, timeless touches.

Our 70's Celine Navy Accordion Mini Bag above-$108
Pictured above, a purse from Philo's debut Celine 2010 Resort Collection

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