Blame Celine or Givenchy, take your pick, but leather has taken a hold on the industry and refuses to let up. The number of little black leather skirts on the runway this season probably pushed record numbers. While the little skirts appeared most commonly in shorter versions, the leather came in other pieces as well, even a plunging v-necked, sleeveless top at The Row that’s deceptively casual.
The Celine pre-fall collection was one I was heavily anticipating. The reason being, Phoebe Philo has been pushing the trends for the past few seasons and from the Spring shows it was evident that there’s an undercurrent of something striving to be expressed that was different. For the Celine Pre-Fall 2011 collection Phoebe Philo moved the brand forward, showing that the clean color blocked minimalism isn’t the extent of the aesthetic. It was the patchworked denim and high necks that caught my attention the most though. The strong pieces of outerwear excited me as well and the collection does what any good Pre-Fall collection should, supply customers with a variety of commercial pieces as well as pique my interest for the Fall collection.