PFW: Celine Spring/Summer 2011

 If you can count on anyone to breathe new life into a label, it’s Phoebe Philo, who has more than proved herself as an innovative leader at the helm of Celine. Since Philo’s arrival, Celine has become a label that sets the seasonal trends, and for Spring/Summer 2011, she’s done it again.

Philo is clearly obsessed with clean lines and crisp tailoring, and this minimalist chic has been the focus of a whole new wave of more subdued pieces taking to the runway. The Spring/Summer 2011 collection has proven to be more of the same - with crisp whites, starch leather pieces and a pattern or two thrown in for good measure. What is so fascinating about her tailored pieces is that they stand alone - void of pattern, but somehow they enthral and capture your attention spectacularly.

This collection saw Philo branch out to use vertical and horizontal stripes, as seen on a nautical inspired t-shirt teamed with loosely structured white trousers. The nautical stripe was topped off at the bottom in a burnt orange colour, contrasting with the green and blue colours used. Philo’s use of leather is also noteworthy: fashioned into a sleeveless shift dress and again on a knee-length ‘paper-bag’ style skirt, she can be credited with making leather more feminine and transforming it into something more elegant.

This was another stand out collection - deliriously simple, yet with a stark amount of attention to detail. It is this fine-toothed approach to design which is what makes Philo’s creations stand apart - while the bare femininity and sophistication is what made this a pinnacle for the season as inspiration for the fashion elite.

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