DESIGNER: Brit star Phoebe Philo for Celine
INSPIRATION: A powerful woman behind the wheel of a powerful automobile.
TOP LOOKS: The inspiration had an impressively literal impact on the collection; automotive interiors were present in bonded leather and vinyl, while woodgrain-printed shifts and shirts were based on the walnut dashboards of vintage cars. The silhouettes were streamlined too, with razor-sharp bonded wool coats, while dresses panelled with chiffon and leather featured knee-length skirts and dropped-waists. Meanwhile the geometric pattern jumpers worn over white polo neck and chocolate brown slacks smacked of a surburban businessman who spends Sundays polishing his prized wheels.
ACCESSORIES: Models sashayed down the runway wearing pointy high-cut kitten heels in red suede, ox blood leather or black patent leather, with framed doctors bags nestled under their arms.
WHO WAS THERE: Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Schafer, Delfine Arnault, Suzy Menkes and Patrick Demarchelier.
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This collection had plenty to offer Philo's hardcore fanbase of chic, sophisticated and understatedly modern women, but with more directional shapes and fabrics, this collection had just a little bit more va va voom.