Celine and Chloé bring that volume back

I haven’t been reporting much (okay, at all) on the fashion weeks outside of New York (sorry), but I do feel the need to say a little somethin’ about two of my favorite designers who showed their collections this week in la belle Paris: Celine and Chloé.

For years I’ve looked to these brands for style inspiration. Celine’s clean lines, minimalist approach, and always impeccable tailoring embody perfectly understated style, while Chloé has always won me over with a feminine, slightly retro take on classics.

The Spring 2012 Celine show tapped into a stiff, 1960s-esque silhouette. The big, structured cuts and darker color palette felt more like fall than spring, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Especially the wide-sleeved leather tops and flared jackets. (Although I’m not so sure how those super big arms would work in practice.)

Chloé’s take on spring was more flowy, and a bit lighter in color and structure. The belts were slung lower on the Chloé girl’s hips, giving off a laid-back, cool girl vibe. The color palette was unique, and those pants were fabulously big and roomy. Just the way I like them.

Overall, I appreciated certain elements of each show. And am kind of excited about thick belts coming back onto the scene.

What do you think of the Celine and Chloé collections? Très chic, or not so much?

All photos courtesy of Style.com

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