Phoebe Philo is a force to be reckoned with in the accessories world. Philo was at Chloe when the brand was driving the world crazy with the omnipresent Paddington and Silverado bags, and now she’s at Celine, making fashion people everywhere lose their minds over Luggage Totes, Classic Box Bags and Trapeze Satchels. She may not design the bags herself, but Philo has a way of bringing out the best in her accessories staff and capturing the attention of bag lovers everywhere. Wherever she goes, great bags follow.

Now that Celine sits comfortably atop the accessories industry as the brand to watch, what does carrying one of its bags say about a woman? What kind of message does it telegraph, and in turn, how do we view the bags as elements of our wardrobe? The more celebrities throw their weight behind Celine’s bags, the more publicly dissectible examples we have. Today, we’re going to check out the divergent styles of Lucy Liu and Rashida Jones to get your opinions on your preferred way to carry Celine.

Lucy Liu with Celine Trapeze Satchel

The best of Philo’s work at Celine has a lean, minimalist bent to it, which lends itself extremely well to a tailored, dressed-up aesthetic. The Celine Trapeze Bag, its early functional issues mostly solved, has that look, plus the gaping gussets to match that other It Bag, the Celine Luggage Tote. While I don’t love Ms. Liu’s shades in this photo, her multi-textured Trapeze Bag goes quite well with her modern take on a topcoat for a grown-up, luxurious public appearance look.

Rashida Jones with Celine Nano Luggage Tote:

On the other hand, Celine’s overwhelming popularity has caused it to expand its extremely profitable accessories line in some unexpected ways – namely, the addition of the Celine Nano Luggage Tote, the brand’s most casual bag and an extremely popular choice among off-duty models and celebrities. Rashida Jones, for example, paired hers with another off-duty staple, the Isabel Marant Bekket Sneaker Wedges. This bag doesn’t have quite the same stately feel of the original Luggage Totes, and the diminutive size and crossbody strap give it a casual edge that makes it easier to carry with jeans and sneakers (albeit extremely trendy and expensive ones) than the standard size.

So, what say you?

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