Outfit | Old Céline And Why Phoebe Philo’s Legacy Will Remain Relevant

old céline outfit

old céline outfit

Wearing: Zara Trench Coat (old, but find similar styles here and here), ASOS Trench Coat (old, but similar here and here), & Other Stories Pants (similar), Massimo Dutti Belted Safari Jacket (similar), Etsy Bag (real deal and similar here), & Other Stories Suede Mules (similar here, here, and here), and Céline Sunglasses (similar)

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50 shades of beige: A look inspired by the old Céline and a hommage to Phoebe Philo’s timeless and ageless legacy, because Ain’t No Celine Without the É.


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As a self-professed Philophile, I’m not new at channeling old Céline and at posting inspired outfits (as seen, for instance, here and here). To be honest, while I do own a whole collection of sunglasses by the brand and a pair of boots I recently bought, I’ve dreamt of owning the Box bag for years and never took the plunge. So as you can see, I don’t own nearly as many pieces as I would have truly wished for the past years (for instance: the iconic slides, its trademark, immaculately tailored wide-legged trousers, Spring 2015’s cut out sleeveless tunic, the open back knit dress, the woven block-heeled pumps, the Flap bag, the Pirate Mules and last summer’s strappy barely-there sandals) and certainly not as many pieces many Céline enthusiasts own.

However, to me, Céline means much more than just a label. In fact, it is and has been one of the main influences of my style for several years already. Old Céline is more than just a brand to brag about as if it were a price through derivative Instagram flatlays displaying the iconic white box with the label’s minimal logo on top. Old Céline is an aesthetic, a movement. What Phoebe Philo, a.k.a. the former creative director of 10 years of the brand did was more than simply reviving it in 2008— it was a political statement, something Philo admitted herself. The Céline woman is empowered by clothes that make her feel good in her own skin regardless of age through a carefree, comfortable, and oversized silhouette, instead of adhering herself to the traditional overtly feminine and sexualized dress codes. Yet despite their relaxed nature, the clothes remain elegant in an understated, unfussy, and minimal way.

To sum it up, the old Céline aesthetic consists of “refined yet quiet sophistication rather than opulence. It favours clean lines, timeless cuts, architectural and structured silhouettes in fine fabrics, neutral palettes, playful proportions, tailoring, subtle fabric contrasts, juxtaposition, and monochromatic ensembles.”

The many who mourn the old Céline due the 360° and abrupt change in which the new creative director took the label, should remain optimistic instead of defeatist and  keep her legacy alive by embracing the aesthetic and political ideals Phoebe Philo left.

How about you? Do you also believe Philo is irreplaceable? Do you embrace her politics/aesthetics? What are your thoughts on the new Céline?

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