For many of the most high-brands, the bags that appear on the runway differ significantly from the bags for which consumers will be clamoring several months after the show. That’s perhaps nowhere truer than it is at Celine, where Phoebe Philo consistently shows conceptual, difficult-to-carry bags and then turns around and sells Luggage Totes and Trapeze Bags hand-over-fist six months later. Celine’s runway bags often get at the heart of where accessories are headed, though, whether it be blank-slate pouch clutches or bold colorblocking. For Celine’s Spring 2014 Handbags, it’s…well, it’s a little complicated.
The message of the manner of dressing advocated through the collection’s clothes was communicated clearly, but less so for the accessories, which are usually a more straightforward, market-conscious endeavor, even on the runway. Instead of that, we got sack bags with giant, asymmetric tubular handles splayed open, plus some of Celine’s always-popular pouches, this time with rings in the central to display a contrasting leather color beneath. Oh, and fringe. A ton of fringe in unexpected places, spilling out of clutches and faux tote openings. As much as I want to be convinced that there’s brilliance in these bags, as there was in the rest of the collection, they felt like the show’s weakest point by far. That’s ok, though, because some other, non-runway Celine bags will be along in a few months to distract us all. Take a look at the evidence below and let us know what you think.
[Photos via Style.com]