Catwalk Review: Celine A/W 2011/12

08/03/2011 04:17 | Updated 22 May 2015

Celine on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Photo: PA

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.

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