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Céline F/W 2011

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There was an overwhelming sense of freedom and exhilaration involved in Phoebe Philo’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection for Céline, which saw the female designer creatively exploring the unexpected theme of automobiles – more specifically, the interiors of cars, her love of driving and the enduring idea that "women in cars are very seductive.”


Posted March 24th, 2019 By Colby Mugrabi

A pre-show teaser handed out to attendees granted a look inside Philo’s inspiration for the collection, containing images of women behind the wheels of luxury vehicles and other vintage cars. Discreetly woven within each look, the automobile theme was touched on through a multitude of the sophisticated and subtle design details for which Philo has become known.

Classic statement coats were the season’s featured outerwear, fasted together by an interior seatbelt-like strap, while slick vinyls and soft leathers were manipulated with unexpected ease, producing garments bearing striking similarity to the smooth curves present in leather-covered car interiors. Tailored pants accompanied by leather waistbands featured subtle racing-stripes down the leg, while sheer mock-necked tops utilized soft leather panels to simulate geometric shapes and cubist patterns.

Color was used sparingly throughout the collection, from deep, dusty reds and a bright orange wool coat, to mustard yellow, baby pink, and pops of blue. Color blocking was yet another featured technique of the season, suggested by subtle contrasts in fabrication, creating the illusion of three-quarter length sleeves and argyle-like motifs. The most unexpected segment of the show managed to also be the collection’s most unforgettable, a series of simple, wood grain printed looks, an illusion that invoked the feeling of a lacquered dashboard found in vintage car interiors.

Classic pointed leather loafers with delicate heels in a variety of neutral leathers gave a sense of uniformity to the collection, as did the simple white turtlenecks that were layered throughout. While accessories were sparse, Philo’s achievements in tailoring and delicate modes of fabrication spoke volumes.

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References

Balenciaga

Fall/Winter 2002

Balecniaga fw 2002

Entryways of Milan

Via Giovanni Pascoli 21, Milan, Italy

Via giovanni pascoli 21  milan

Richard Artschwager

Exclamation Point, 2010

Richard artschwager exclamation point  2010

Tauba Auerbach

Wood, 2011

Tauba project 4

Christina Ramberg

Freeze and Melt, 1981

Christina ramberg s 1981 painting  freeze and melt.   university of wisconsin madison  gift of mr. and mrs. scott c. anixte

Andre Sornay

Early Tubular Metal Chair, 1929

Early pair of tubular metal chairs by andre sornay  ca. 1929

Calvin Klein

Handbags, Vogue, 1979

Calvin klein handbags  vogue 1979

Mathieu Mategot

Attributed Red Metal Magazine Holder, 1950s

1950 s mathieu mategot attributed red metal magazine holder

Axel Einar Hjorth

Utö, Sanded solid oak sofa, Sweden, 1931

Axel einar hjorth.    uto       sanded solid oak sofa. sweden  1931

Barnett Newman

Vir Heroicus Sublimis, 1950-1951

Barnett newman  vir heroicus sublimis  1950 51

Calvin Klein

Ensemble, Vogue, 1972

Calvin klein  ensemble  in vogue  1972

Ed Ruscha

Pepto-Caviar Hollywood, 1970

Ed ruscha  pepto caviar hollywood  1970

Ed Ruscha

Hollywood, 1968

Ed ruscha hollywood 1968

Lina Bo Bardi

Lounging in her iconic Bowl Chair

Lina bo bardi lounging in her iconic bowl chair.

Pier Luigi Nervi & Annibale Vitellozzi

Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Italy, 1956-1958

Pier luigi nervi rome   1957

Raoul Hausmann

Mechanischer Kopf or Mechanical Head, 1919-1920

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Gustave Miklos

Joseph Csaky, 1920

Sculpture   gustave miklos    joseph csaky  circa 1920

Billy Al Bengston

Skinny's 21, 1961

Skinny s 21  by billy al bengston  1961
References
Balecniaga fw 2002

Balenciaga

Fall/Winter 2002

1 of 18

Via giovanni pascoli 21  milan

Entryways of Milan

Via Giovanni Pascoli 21, Milan, Italy

2 of 18

Richard artschwager exclamation point  2010

Richard Artschwager

Exclamation Point, 2010

3 of 18

Tauba project 4

Tauba Auerbach

Wood, 2011

4 of 18

Christina ramberg s 1981 painting  freeze and melt.   university of wisconsin madison  gift of mr. and mrs. scott c. anixte

Christina Ramberg

Freeze and Melt, 1981

5 of 18

Early pair of tubular metal chairs by andre sornay  ca. 1929

Andre Sornay

Early Tubular Metal Chair, 1929

6 of 18

Calvin klein handbags  vogue 1979

Calvin Klein

Handbags, Vogue, 1979

7 of 18

1950 s mathieu mategot attributed red metal magazine holder

Mathieu Mategot

Attributed Red Metal Magazine Holder, 1950s

8 of 18

Axel einar hjorth.    uto       sanded solid oak sofa. sweden  1931

Axel Einar Hjorth

Utö, Sanded solid oak sofa, Sweden, 1931

9 of 18

Barnett newman  vir heroicus sublimis  1950 51

Barnett Newman

Vir Heroicus Sublimis, 1950-1951

10 of 18

Calvin klein  ensemble  in vogue  1972

Calvin Klein

Ensemble, Vogue, 1972

11 of 18

Ed ruscha  pepto caviar hollywood  1970

Ed Ruscha

Pepto-Caviar Hollywood, 1970

12 of 18

Ed ruscha hollywood 1968

Ed Ruscha

Hollywood, 1968

13 of 18

Lina bo bardi lounging in her iconic bowl chair.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lounging in her iconic Bowl Chair

14 of 18

Pier luigi nervi rome   1957

Pier Luigi Nervi & Annibale Vitellozzi

Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Italy, 1956-1958

15 of 18

Raoul hausmann  mechanischer kopf  te  te me  canique   mechanical head   der geist unserer zeit   l esprit de notre temps

Raoul Hausmann

Mechanischer Kopf or Mechanical Head, 1919-1920

16 of 18

Sculpture   gustave miklos    joseph csaky  circa 1920

Gustave Miklos

Joseph Csaky, 1920

17 of 18

Skinny s 21  by billy al bengston  1961

Billy Al Bengston

Skinny's 21, 1961

18 of 18


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