If you Miss #OldCéline, You’ll Love the New Bottega Veneta

In the world of designer comings and goings, Phoebe Philo’s departure from Céline caused the biggest kerfuffle in recent memory. Devotees of her unique take on sensual, intellectual, often difficult-to-understand designs (myself among them) were bereft. Under Philo, Céline became a haven for women who dress for themselves. Who appreciate a great, strange shoe or perfect pair of pants. I am one of those women, and I was totally heartbroken when she left. And since then, there’s been much chatter about which brand would serve women like me. Who would become the new Céline? (The accent here is crucial; Hedi Slimane, the designer who took over the brand, eliminated it.

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