Monday Muse: Céline’s Ocean-Inspired Spring 2016 Collection

Celine Spring 2016

Céline Spring 2016

Since its Phoebe Philo-led revamp, Céline has been on the forefront of trends and has created some of the most covetable accessories of the past few years. But has Philo finally hit a fashion burnout? No — not even close. Though the backdrop of the brand’s spring 2016 collection burned in bright orange and gold, the collection felt as fresh and new as ever, even though Philo herself sighted the need to step back and take a deep breath. Where better to do that than at the beach? Philo cited the seaside as the inspiration behind Céline’s latest offering, though in true Philo fashion, it wasn’t the usual take on bohemian, beachy dressing. Instead of the conceptual, however, Philo remained firmly grounded and offered up a collection that’s wearable and no less covetable.

“It’s about taking her out of urban life and putting her feet on the sand. It’s where I long to be, more and more,” Philo told Vogue.

Celine Spring 2016

Céline Spring 2016

The backdrop, which was designed by Danish artist FOS brought to mind an art or music festival, but the clothes weren’t just for the art crowd. While some brands focus in on exclusivity by creating conceptual clothes or pieces that require whippet-like figures, Céline keeps things freeflowing and inclusive, even though the prices may keep most of us from wearing head-to-toe Céline.

That democratic approach to fashion has lead to booties that are made for walking (they were done in red and black for this collection), outerwear that’s both functional and fashion-forward (in this case, they had ribbed waistlines and were rendered in olive, burnt orange and neutral khaki), and yes, covetable bags. Slung over the shoulder, the latest accessories were relaxed and made to be stuffed to the hilt, though we’re sure that the brand’s Luggage Totes won’t be pulled from the shelves any time soon.

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There were no fringes or crochet details this time around, but the collection remained breezy nonetheless. How? Round shapes, loose fits and seemingly straightforward design. But nothing was as it seemed, especially the the trompe l’oeil corsets. And while Céline is known for its pants, Philo showed plenty of dresses — what better way to go from office to beach to after-hours?

Celine Spring 2016

Céline Spring 2016

California influences came through via lingerie dressing, a few army green parkas — the outerwear of choice post-surf session — and breezy white pieces that looked perfect for Napa jaunts and Palm Spring vacays alike. With picks for day, night and after-dark, there was something for every woman. And that sums up Céline every season. There’s plenty of fresh, new and fashion, but at the end of the day, Philo is about creating clothes that women will wear every day, not just when they hit the red carpet. With these luxe, laid-back — but still haute — looks, even in terms of the simple earrings and sleek cuffs, Philo proved that beaches and boho can be just as sophisticated as tailoring. Philo said that she needed to take a bit of break from the fashion cycle, taking a sojourn to the shore to take some me-time. If this collection of universally lust-worthy pieces are the result of a little R&R, we think Philo should take some time off more often.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.