I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Celine Summer 2014, which is coming to a boutique near you soon, contains old favorites like the Luggage and Phantom Luggage Totes, Trapeze Bag and Gourmette Bag in some awesome new colors and combinations.
Here’s Tamara Ecclestone and her husband Jay Rutland, making an impromptu visit to the beach (with a chummy paparazzo in tow) after having lunch at a beachside restaurant in Santa Monica. You can’t see him in this first photo, but the couple was also joined by their adorable poof of a teacup Pomeranian.
Jessica Alba was recently spotted heading to lunch in LA, carrying what we’ll call a Celine Buckle Bag. This bag either pre-dates Phoebe Philo’s advent at the brand in 2009 (and all the handbag success that came with it) or comes from very early in her tenure.
Here’s well-bundled supermodel Karolina Kurkova (how often does one get to utter those words, in that order?) carrying a glossy black croc-stamped Celine Phantom Luggage Tote while smart-phoning her way down Park Avenue with her husband Archie Drury in NYC. You know it’s unbearably frigid in New York when the supermodels aren’t showing any skin.
Kate Walsh was recently spotted shopping on Melrose in sunny Los Angeles, carrying a tan leather Celine Edge Bag. The appropriately named Edge has been around for a couple of seasons now, and although it’s not quite as visible as the Luggage Tote or Trapeze, it’s still a pretty neat little piece of handbag design.
By now, most of you have probably considered the advantages and disadvantages of buying a Celine bag. They’re beautiful! But they’re everywhere. They’re modern! But they’re everywhere. We’ve spent some time thinking about the exact same conundrums, and we’ve got one piece of advice, plus ten reasons to back it up: you really should go ahead and pull the trigger on a Celine bag if you love it.
Celine, meet Celine! Here’s Celine Dion, returning to her NYC hotel, clutching a Celine Classic Box Bag in leopard calf hair and black leather. This Celine-on-Celine action particularly tickles me because enterprising streetwear entrepreneurs have already emblazoned parody t-shirts with the Celine Dion name in the style of Celine’s brand logo.
For an experience that’s supposed to be so lovely and luxurious, shopping for fashion can be everything from frustrating to dehumanizing, and it can be those things all too often for some shoppers. Over the past week, Barneys’ New York flagship store has been hit by allegations that it surreptitiously called the cops on two paying customers for nothing other than having the temerity to be black while buying something expensive.