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Paris Fashion Week: A Turning Point for Céline

Saturday and Sunday brought with them some of the biggest hitters of Paris Fashion week, with shows from Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, John Galliano, Chloé and Kenzo.

The biggest surprise of the weekend had to be Céline, with a brash, daring statement collection among the pretty pastels, whites and soft sheer fabrics that have come to epitomise spring 14 thus far.

For a label that has made its name on minimalism and quiet femininity, this was a turning point towards bright colours, exaggerated silhouettes and pieces as aesthetically bold as the eyebrows on the models wearing them.

While we may have seen these kinds of shouty primary colours and maximalist silhouettes already in some of the spring 14 resort collections, Phoebe Philo’s latest collection surprises enough to warrant a fresh look.

Whether the Céline customer will be quick to jump on board this bold bandwagon remains to be seen, but credit to Philo for trying something different in a season where the usual Céline aesthetic would have blended easily into the crowd.

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