image: Celine

image: Celine

Design house Celine, known for its minimalist aesthetic and its “it” bags, showed its Resort 2014 collection on Monday to a select few, under the condition that no one took pictures or wrote any reviews at this time. Well, WWD was in attendance and has since broken its vow, writing a small review, which was published today. Read it below …

One of Céline’s PR ladies explained firmly that the plan is to keep Phoebe Philo’s most recent design activity secret for a while. No reviews, no tweets, no phone photos. The strategy (one first tried and since abandoned by Tom Ford) is to hold off on all press until closer to the retail season. Alas, some of us are precluded by current employment from accepting entrance into Céline’s secret society. Hence, this word on another stellar Philo outing: A leaner yet still relaxed silhouette dominated the tight lineup marked by a distinct utilitarian vibe.

This showed up in a mostly neutral palette of khaki, black and white, and bold D-ring and pocket details. While these rendered straightforward chic, a pair of transparent white dresses over loud underpinnings — one green, one purple — made a slyly subversive tweak on nurse’s garb. There were also rich suedes, including an ultrachic belted lavender shift and fabulous two-toned minks — one color coming and another going.