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Celine Fall 2011 Runway Review

Let Phoebe Philo teach you a lesson or two about creating a global lifestyle brand. She's done so in only a few collections at Celine and this season is no different. If anything, she's signaling a broadening of the brand; adding to her color scheme, increasing the amount of buyable coats, and styling the collection as if it were for herself. (Philo knows best.)

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Philo's Celine is a packaged look – this season, its backbone is a tight turtleneck that appears under car-door-inspired coats, lush pieced furs, and latch-strap jackets. Pants came relaxed and wide-legged. Skinny versions were slit at the bottom to appear petalled above the ankle and came replete with leather paneling made to look like luxury automobile interiors. Beautifully colored sweaters harkened back to Philo's classic personal style, while woodgrain-printed dresses and tops debuted a new sense of modernity. 

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The subtle pops of color Philo is known for appeared throughout the collection, too. A bright, abrupt orange-yellow oversized blazer came at the fifth look. There was even a sole appearance of pink –an Easter egg-toned, tuxedo bib top and tailored trousers worth dying for.

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Altogether, it's no surprise Celine has another hit on its hands – Philo hasn't dropped the ball yet. It just keeps rolling and rolling and if she keeps it up, it will be rolling for quite some time. Her work's aesthetic is much too refined, wearable and desirable to call anything aside from phenomenal. 

Images: IMAXtree

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