The ultimate goal of designer Phoebe Philo, when she first arrived at Celine in 2009, was to create an aesthetic inspired by contemporary minimalism and sophistication. She wanted to take the label in a new, hip and edgy direction while maintaining the fashion houses’ fundamental values, including the Parisian elegance and rich charm the brand is so well known for. Ms. Philo seems to have accomplished these feats and so much more.
From ready to wear to accessories for Spring/Summer 2013, the “cool minimal” trend that Phoebe Philo is credited for bringing to Celine is ever present. As is the look of power coupled with feminine charm. Similar to Wonder-Woman, the famed superhero girls all over the world looked up to, Celine is designed for the modern day super-woman who is both strong and graceful, powerful and elegant. Wonder-Woman highlighted her feminine side through her clothing and accessory choices, including gold cuffs with red star details, a matching gold head- piece and red earrings. Yet, much like the super-woman whom Celine is designing for, Wonder-Woman wasn’t afraid to show off her commanding presence and assertive attitude. She was able to execute the perfect balance between soft and hard, refined and forceful, capturing the true spirit of the Celine name.
The lambskin knotted cuff for summer 2013 is just one example of this paradoxical look. The bracelet, available in black and glacier, a soft sky blue shade, is sleek and elegant. It’s a chic addition to any outfit and can be worn alone or in a pair, as the models did on the runway in the summer 2013 ready to wear show. The cuff is simple in design but rich in its’ look and adds flair to even the most basic silhouette and color palette. The fact that it has no hardware or metal only lends to its uniqueness and appeal.
When something is unique, it typically becomes more desirable, and ironically, loses its originality in the process. This isn’t possible for a Celine accessory. The lambskin knot cuff, with its’ shine and clean structure, is no exception to this rule. Here at The Accessory Think Tank, we are inspired by forward thinking designers, their new and constantly changing ideas and endless creativity, which is why we love Celine and it everything it represents. The knotted cuff , just one piece of the well thought out accessories collection, is fresh for the spring and summer seasons but maintains its’ edgy and strong yet classic and polished feel, which is so standard Celine. And in the fashion world, Celine is anything but standard.