Last December, it was reported in the fashion press that Anouck Duranteau-Loeper, Céline’s accessories director for the entirety of Phoebe Philo’s handbag-happy tenure at the brand, would be leaving to take a position at the newly revitalized Paco Rabanne. Based on the publicly available information and Duranteau-Loeper’s LinkedIn profile, it looks as though she has stayed on at Céline in some capacity, but the new gig means that her involvement in the day-to-day creation of the brand’s accessories is likely now significantly limited, or at least significantly different.
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That Chloé Spring 2015 has almost convinced me to try out the luxe-bohemian look is as ardent an endorsement of a collection as you’ll ever hear. I’m a black-wearing, combat-boot-loving former punk, but when transformed through Clare Waight Keller’s lens, the haute hippie look seems like the most casually luxurious thing in the world.
In his seasons at Balenciaga so far, Alexander Wang has set a sporty but intensely luxurious precedent for himself, generally cast in neutral shades and finished with inventive-but-modern hardware. Balenciaga Spring 2015 very much follows in that short tradition, with top-handled frame bags that might also be clutches.
In Raf Simons’ relatively short time at the helm of Christian Dior, the brand’s handbags have been resurgent; where Simons’ predecessor, John Galliano, was happy to adorn and re-adorn Dior’s classic shapes toward the end of his tenure, Simons has gone about reinventing them with new details, introducing a handful of completely new lines in the process.
During New York Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to drop by Edie Parker’s presentation to check out what the brand has coming for Spring 2015. If you’re a fan of designer Brett Heyman’s retro-modern acrylic evening bags, you’ll no doubt be a fan of what’s to come: more colors, shapes and inlaid designs.
At a certain point, it feels moot to review a Dolce & Gabbana collection. The Italian duo has more or less exempted itself from the vagaries of producing collections that correspond to particular seasons, trends or weather varieties; instead, they fill their seasonal collections with the same intricate, history-laden Mediterranean details they always do, and consumers gobble it up like Dolce might up and quit before fall.
In journalism school, my favorite professor once told me that reviewing something you love is much more difficult than reviewing something you hate, which means I’ve got my work cut out for me when it comes to Fendi’s Spring 2015 bags.
It’s early in the season and none of the handbag heavyweights from Milan and Paris have shown us what they’ve got quiet yet, but I’m here to make a bold prediction: Nothing that we see on the coming runways will be as fun as Anya Hindmarch’s Spring 2015 bags, and I’d be surprised if any of them manage to be more compelling.
Mulberry’s various and sundry corporate challenges are well-documented and yet to be resolved, but London Fashion Week waits for no brand. For Spring 2015, the brand soldiered forth in a more subtle way than it has in recent years. Instead of a big production with global It Girl and brand ambassador Cara Delevingne, Mulberry put on a subtle presentation full of the kinds of pieces that made people Mulberry fans in the first place.