There are arguably two camps when it comes to a brand’s spectrum of loyalists. You have the ones who make it a point to catch the livestream of its runway shows for a glimpse of what they can potentially stock their wardrobe with, and those who Google the heck out of the accessories range, perhaps in the months post-show, to suss out which bag/shoe/wallet/sunglasses deserves the top spot on their to-buy list. The latter will probably have a field day with Celine by Hedi Slimane’s second retail season, Summer ’19 that’s in full swing. In particular, the C bag — a design with roots in both pre- and post-Philo Celine.
First unveiled as part of Spring ’19 in smooth and quilted calfskin plus exotic skin, the boxy shoulder bag gets its name from the ‘C’ monogram — adapted from the house’s ’70s archives — that adorns its clasp. Its industrial-feel single chain strap is a nod at yet another heritage symbol, one inspired by the chains that demarcate Paris’ historical linchpin, the Arc de Triomphe. The quilted versions (see image 6, above) tap on the square pattern of Celine bags from the ’80s, each square measuring 1.5cm and a discernible marker amongst the diamond-patterned icons by Chanel and Slimane’s previous patron, Saint Laurent. But what truly makes Celine’s C bag a Slimane creation though, is his love affair with youth and music. That liberating, devil-may-care spirit that’s always been a part of the designer’s pulse.
It’s made known in a shot of royal blue, black and white rock ‘n’ roll stripes, patchwork metallic and pop culture graphics, the latter a part of his collaboration with artist Christian Marclay. The daring hues and finishes up the ante of the bag’s storied polish (and ease of Phoebe Philo’s clean, unfussy designs); the bringer of that intangible, cool cachet which has earned him a loyal coterie that brand-hops wherever he goes. So with regards as whether to call or fold, we wager it’s worth doubling down on this icon in the making.
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