The accessories A-game: Céline Pre-Fall 2016

During an interview with British Vogue, Phoebe Philo, creative director of Céline since 2008, described her design aesthetic as “clothes that are beautiful, strong and have ideas, but with real life driving them.” Her creative approach combines beauty and confidence so well, it carries through beyond the clothes and into every aspect of Céline’s design.

That effortless-meets-minimalist look is clearly expressed in her Pre-Fall collection. The silhouettes are long and streamlined; tunics narrow and elongated and trousers straight and loose. But what’s really interesting is how the “Philo aesthetic” translates into the accessories. While still minimalist, they were ingeniously infused with a subtle yet evident bohemian vibe. That meant lots of seventies inspired jewellery — metals, chunky cuffs and precious gems — coupled with knee-high boots, hobo bags with an external pouch and purses with fine chain detailing in a palette of vermillion, dark moss and white.

The beauty of all this is that they clearly go well together. To showcase that, we’ve put together five different looks for five different types of women, with the collection’s accessories.

Céline, Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Rd, #01-28/29, Singapore 238883, +65 6736 0511,


The Fashionista

Don’t be afraid to stand out in splashes of colour with a light burgundy and black calfskin and suede shopper bag, ginger mink fur bracelet, red aventurine stone cuff bracelet and ochre heritage thigh high boots.


The Rebel

Channel your inner rebel by playing with juxtaposition. Pair a feminine light khaki shearling small chain bag with a masculine-looking burgundy/black knot loafer. Top it off with cute daffodil-toned round sunglasses.


The Preppy Girl

Relive your school days with an electric blue shoulder tote bag, a multicoloured chilli trifold pouch and purple disco glitter booties. The only difference is that now you’re in Céline (and everyone will want to be your friend).


The Diva

Hoop earrings are a statement piece as those danglies draw a person’s attention to you. Go glam and fabulous with a chilli and pale pink small twisted cabas bag, gold brass hoop earrings and amandarin orange ruffle sandals with a mink fur anklet.


The Casual Cool Chick

You can still look smart when dressing down with an eye-catching bright mandarin orange mini felt bag and matching amber and brass drop pendant. Finish the look with resin cuffs (wearing one on each wrist) in both burgundy and daffodil hues.