Bad news bears, I wasn't totally bowled over Celine's spring collection. It wasn't hideous or out of character or anything, it just didn't feel new. Ok, someone call the waahmbulance, but it was bound to happen. Phoebe Philo has been bringing the new vibes of dressing for a few seasons, so they aren't new anymore, they are just her vibes. Now it's all about variations on a new way of dressing as opposed to NEW ways of dressing. That being said, I still totally want to Celine-ify my wardrobe. The relaxed slouchy trousers are perfectly "now", of course, especially when paired with sort of sleek, but not techno-futuristic, tops. The thing about her clothes is that they always seem to be so balanced, everyone always wears exactly the right amount of things they need to wear in exactly the perfect shape. It is an exercise in restraint without losing the joie de vivre.
Other designers attempted the all-denim look this season and kinda failed miserably (looking at a certain designer who I won't name, but whose name rhymes with shmella bagartney), but this one is aces. Perfect wash, the fit of the trousers is spot on, even if the exposed zipper and tab closure is kinda weird, and the length of the tunic with the high boatneck top is totally easy and breezy.
I can't pinpoint where I have seen nuns and/or priests dressed in this sort of get-up and yet this look feels really ecclesiastical to me. Maybe it's the weird mock neck collar in the shirt, or the sober and not-quite-right color combination (which is weird because blue and brown are one of my all time favorite color combos), but there is a sense of awkwardness and un-fashion about this that is precisely the reason it's so so good.
The un-fashion is why it's always so good, right? Right.