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Paris Fashion Week: Celine, John Galliano

Celine and John Galliano demonstrated the spectrum of Paris fashion over the weekend, from minimalist tailoring to eccentric nomad warrior-women.

British designer Phoebe Philio’s second collection for French label Celine was well-received. In a classic palette of navy, black, cream and white, tailoring was slim and precise. Funnel collar coats had leather patch pockets, skirts were to the knee and gently flared and teamed with lace blouses.

Leather tops looked chic when accompanied with neat white knee-length skirts. A navy sheepskin coat was in keeping with the autumn 10 trend for shearling.

With a hard to pinpoint target customer, the style of Celine is one that suits all ages and the simple tailoring will naturally filter to a commercial level.

In contrast, John Galliano’s collection was inspired by nomadic, warrior women. Bias-cut chiffon dresses were accompanied by extravagant tribal headdresses, yak fur trimmed dresses and sheepskin coats.

Silver-grey and white fabrics were decorated with metallic gold brocade while raspberry red lifted the colour.

The abundant chiffon and fur trimmed coats made up the most commercial of the Galliano trends, with nomadic references sure to be picked up by the high street.

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