Seasons come and seasons go, but in the fashion world, Celine is still the must-have bag for people who are interested in a bag’s must-haveness. The brand only has one US boutique at the moment (although it’s opening a New York City location in the coming months) and the bags are distributed through ultra-prestigious retailers in extremely small numbers. For my Spring 2011 Celine Luggage Tote in lipstick red, I sat on the Kirna Zabete waiting list for three long months after paying for the bag in full, sight-unseen. And I’m glad I did, because none of them ever made it to KZ’s sales floor.

Pre-season pictures of Celine’s designs are almost as difficult to find as the bags themselves, which is why I squealed in delight when Elle Creative Director Joe Zee tweeted this picture of Celine Resort 2012 Handbags yesterday morning during a market week appointment. Neons! Exotics! Is that blue crocodile I see? I’m calling Kirna Zabete to reserve my chartreuse Luggage Tote as we speak. Click for a larger view.

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