Today is a very happy day that comes but four times a year: a day when we get to gaze upon new Celine handbags, for the brand has uploaded its lookbook on to this here Internet in such a way that my handbag-snooping powers were able to find it. Thus, I present to you the Celine Winter 2013 Handbags, and there certainly are a few changes and new additions to the line worth noting, both for better and for worse.
First, that bag you see above. You're probably squinting at it and wondering what in the world it might be, right? Well, it's been christened the Celine Tie Bag, and it looks sort of like a Celine Phantom Luggage Tote and an Hermes Birkin rubbed their parts together and came up with this, nine months down the line. All of Celine's bags tend to do well, and this bag seems clearly intended for brisk sales, a la the Luggage and Trapeze bags, but I just can't get excited about it. There's just too much - the knotted handles, the enormous gussets, the flap top, the dangly bits on the guessets that seem like they might form a should strap if joined. It lacks the cleanly edited simplicity that we've come to expect from Celine's best efforts.
On the bright side, Winter 2013 (which, for Celine newbies, is what everyone else would call Fall 2013 because Phoebe Philo refers to her pre-fall collections as "fall") brings with it the introduction of what the brand is calling "satinated leather." If you look closely at the bags below, you'll likely be able to pick out which ones feature it and which ones don't, because it's exactly what it sounds like - leather that's been treated to replicate the "lit from within" glow and unique texture of satin. For a brand where the bags tend to be simple, leather treatments mean a lot to a design, and this is a great addition to Celine's arsenal. Check out all the bags below; they'll be available at Celine boutiques worldwide by the end of summer.