Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
“The opposition of lightness and weight is the most mysterious and ambiguous of all oppositions.”
Everything lies in the interplay of strength and weakness, the nexus of unbearable lightness. Lightness of appearance. Of Being. Oneself. Herself.Another.
A vulnerable appearance belies a secret warrior. Or the other way around. But the result is definitive luxury and chic. In a word, Parisian. The very definition of the modern woman.
Ivana Omazic, CELINE’s artistic director, dresses women as a woman. The collection expresses a sensuality without ostentation, one that is at once pragmatic and ethereal, and always extremely sophisticated.
Despite rigorous attention to cut, detail and strong, distinctly personal accessories, there is in Ivana Omazic’s designs a certain fragile, angelic quality. She calls it “The Wings of Desire”. It is a message addressed to women who embody strength as much as poetry.
Above all, the CELINE woman radiates a peaceful allure. The tension lies in the opposition of intriguing transparency and protective opacity of fragility and construction.
Volume and lightness constantly alternate.
Sun kissed legs unfold beneath dresses and shorts.
A jersey cardigan or a little biker jacket in taffeta are the pretext for flaunting gloriously long legs.
Slim pants with cuffed hems flatter the silhouette without weighing it down.
Transparent organdy dresses and t-shirts, topstitching and contours evoke a filigreed, almost immaterial, subliminal silhouette. The unbearable
lightness of being.
Ivana Omazic refreshes the classics and codes of CELINE.
“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, Milan Kundera.
Second-skin jersey. Water repellent silk gabardine. Volatile parachute silk. Iridescent faille. Cloud-like taffeta. Chalk or metallic python. Translucent embroidery. Curled black-lacquered feathers.
Broken luminosity. Black shot through with light. Faux opaqueness. Refractions of skin.
Pale shades of stone, bone, chalk, opal, nude, mist, champagne, ash, optic white.
The spring-summer 2007 Byblos moccasin remains two-tone but is now on a platform heel. A hollow heel, vertiginous wedge sandals in matte croc with straps in chocolate leather.
Strappy black sandals and red patent leather sandals elongate the silhouette.
The saddle-stitched strap of the new Bittersweet bag cinches its sensual curves. A small version steps out for evening in embroidered black satin and jet.
The Double Tote is two bags in one. Its inner pochette unclips to slip into a matte crocodile cover. It adapts its role to suit any circumstance. In grained calfskin or smooth powder, white and red leather.
The new Anatomic bag conceived as a round-the-clock companion. Zippered front and side pockets ensure perfect practicality. It makes its first appearance on the catwalk in glazed black python and white calfskin.
Photography:Antoine de Parseval et Frédérique Dumoulin
Source:press release CELINE
Thursday, May 31, 2007
This summer’s underwear and beachwear collection moves in new directions. Not just because of the obvious style changes that distinguish the seasons, but for a decidedly creative guiding principle. Undercolors proposes styles, materials, colours, decorations and atmospheres, but matching the various pieces, colour schemes, the mood of a lingerie set or beach outfit depend entirely on our individual flair and creativity. The collection is divided into four main themes, but each piece is totally individual and can be mixed and matched freely in unusual, untrivial ways, reflecting associations perceived and enhanced by individual taste.
Sweet days. Romanticism with a hint of ironic disenchantment: tiny flowers, pastel colours, broderie anglaise and silk voile slide almost unwittingly towards pop-art flowers and little animals, ethnic seamless, striped cotton. At the end, a hippo, which is almost a cartoon, tells us that a real friend is a real treasure. This theme will fill the whole family’s underwear drawer with sweetness and fun.
Retrò Navy. Sea blue and sailor stripes. White, red and denim in jersey. Not forgetting stripes, romantic little flowers, bows and tiny hearts in harmony with a mischievous cartoon Lulù. Smooth or openwork cotton jacquard. For him, pastel pink or mottled grey briefs or trunks with branded elastic and even with white and blue hibiscus flowers. An underwear theme with digressions into homewear.
Pop & Fun. Double name, double use: underwear and beachwear. Both pop, both fun. Bright colours and bold decoration under our clothes: from polka dots to anemone or tulip photo prints, from a stylised or cartoon mascot hen to a basketball mood. For him, 50s-style trunks in basic colours, diamond pattern or stripes. The game of customised mix ‘n’ match gets hotter down on the beach: bikinis with polka-dots, hearts, flowers or reversible plain colours to match according to personal creativity. Fashionable details – rings, pendants, hearts and interweaving – add amusing touches of individuality. The look of your swim outfit is entirely up to you, but its technology is the fruit of Undercolors research which uses a very high performance, extra-life Lycra.
Military Tribe. Beachwear only, but for the whole family. Bikinis, man-styled Bermuda shorts, crumpled beachwraps, ethereal sarongs, trousers and miniskirts. Showers of hibiscus flowers in camo tones and purple, dark blue and coral. Limitless matching in plain colours and tribal prints. For him, whether he’s a little boy or grown up, Bermuda shorts and shorts display piping, little ships, tiny logos and elastics that make the difference and start a trend.
Photo:Fabrica, F. Mo
Source:press release UNDERCOLORS OF BENETTON