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Paris Fashion Week: Celine still clean

March 7, 2011 |  6:04 pm

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At Celine, Phoebe Philo continued to preach her minimalist message, through precisely cut clothes with a 1970s bent.

Sharp coats and close-fitting turtlenecks were worn over two-tone pants slit at the ankles, and good-looking high-heel loafer pumps.

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There was a graphicism to colorful sweaters and patchwork fur coats. And a sense of naturalism, too, beginning with the autumn color palette (brown, orange, gold), through to the woodgrain print blouses, skirts and pants that brought to mind similar styles in Rodarte's spring collection. 

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Philo played with texture on sleeveless tops and skirts with vertical strips of tonal color that brought to mind tree trunks, and with a black dress, which was anything but basic in a stiff, scuba-like material that achieved subtle volume.

This collection wasn't a revelation, but more a continuation of what has come before. And sometimes that's just fine.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Celine fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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