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20 Apr

Céline Is a Women’s Brand, But That Doesn’t Stop Men From Wearing It

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Like so many fans of fashion, the stylist Megan Bowman Gray has an unabashed love of the French label Céline. “I’ve always felt that Phoebe understands women,” she says, referring to the brand’s designer since 2009, Phoebe Philo. “The fact that she’s a working woman, that she’s a mom — she makes things that make you feel strong and powerful while you’re wearing them,” she says. “She’s on a level all to herself. I’ve been a collector of hers for the last six years. I think she can do no wrong.” Gray’s husband, the film producer Hunter Gray, shares in his wife’s enthusiasm, and has amassed his own haul of choice items from the label, including some outerwear pieces — a...
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3 Mar

The 1950s-Inspired Céline Handbag that Transcends Time

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Medium Clasp Handbag in Black Sleek Calfskin by Céline  Calfskin with nappa lambskin lining, 32 x 22 x 8 cm To consider the 1950s a progressive era might seem somewhat jarring, especially when it comes to the way we dress and our politics. The period is synonymous, after all, with the full-skirted femininity which preceded the following decade’s second-wave feminist revolution (during which women shed ‘lady-like’ social and sartorial constructs) – heels were high; the netting from pillbox hats would spill over half the face, drawing suggestive attention to a red mouth; handbags were to be gripped with crimson-painted fingertips. It’s quite surprising, then, that this handbag demonstrating all the features you might expect in a vintage leather accessory – from the signature 50s shape down...
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19 Oct

Postcards From Fashion Week’s Best Venues

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Fashion week is a time that can feel uniquely frenzied: as schedules become increasingly jam-packed and hoards of photographers make entering a show venue something of a challenge, it can be easy to forget that the shows themselves are often held within the world's most remarkable buildings. Take Chanel, for example: once you've navigated your way through the abundant street style photo shoots taking place outside the venue, you entered the unparalleled beauty of the Grand Palais and calm was restored – or Undercover, which took place within the historic Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the ultimate example of neo-Classical Parisian style. The opportunity to tour such venues is a rare treat and our photographer, Federico Ferrari, was determined to capture some...
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6 Mar

Which Céline Girl Are You? Reasons to Think Seriously About Center- vs. Side-Parted Hair

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As the creative director of Céline, Phoebe Philo has proven season after season that dressing with ease is not without options—from her covetable collection of flats to the endless iterations of wash-and-go hair provided on the runway by Guido Palau. At this morning’s Fall 2016 show, the backstage hairstylist let each model’s individual texture and length dictate how it would be worn: slicked back, parted on the left, or split haphazardly down the center. To echo the clean, strict effect of her black oversize button-down, Ondria Hardin’s strawberry blonde lengths were pulled away from her face, a crisp center part emphasizing her angular cheekbones. The look was lightened up by way of a white iteration of the ensemble, which Kiki Willems...
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6 Mar

Paris Fashion Week Day 6 Recap: The City Buzzes With a Balenciaga Debut

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It was a big day at Paris Fashion Week—maybe the biggest with runway shows from some of the city’s most prestigious houses. Starting with Demna Gvasalia’s brilliant debut at Balenciaga, the day progressed into thoughtful offerings atCéline and Givenchy. Here, all the headlines in a bite-size format.

Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv
Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv

Couture for Cool Kids
At his Balenciaga debut, Vetements’s Demna Gvasalia drew on Cristóbal Balenciaga’s couture shapes, reworking them in new fabrications for a contemporary client. A shearling aviator, a denim jacket, a puffer, and a trench came with slightly pulled-forward shoulders for that ladylike hunch, while mid-length skirts featured kick-front pleats to allow a wearer to always enter a room thigh first.

Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv
Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv
The Long and Long of...
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6 Mar

Door-Knocker Earrings Are Back, Thanks to Balenciaga and Céline

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One more thing to add to this season’s ever-growing list of ’80s items making a comeback: door-knocker earrings. Seen today at Balenciaga (where they were paired with another ’80s vestige, stirrup pants) and Céline, the earrings are proving to be the ideal accessory for outfits both of the ironically oversized and the sleekly pared down. At Demna Gvasalia’s first show for Balenciaga, the designer mashed up couture and streetwear principals, resulting in puffer parkas worn with crystal chandelier earrings. But these were not your run-of-the-mill sparklers—Gvasalia’s were nearly fist size, necessitating a special metal upper that wrapped over the top of the ear for support. The glittering pairs are so large, in fact, they could inspire their own F. Scott Fitzgerald...
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