I know I'm not the only one to be completely inspired by the Celine spring/summer 2010 collection. A deceptively bare collection, almost monastic in its simplicity but oh-so stylish and oh-so now. Minus the fussy design details and opulent prints that have marked recent collections of other designers, marking defiance in the face of economic crisis; what Celine has realised, in a perceptive streak of genius, is that women do not want to look "fancy" in times of financial hardship, but casually glamourous in well constructed and quietly tasteful apparel.
This skirt first caught my eye when I saw it in Vogue, and I instantly wanted something sort of like it. Not wishing to buy new fabric I made do with scraps and leftovers. This is the tawny port linen, left over from the shirt I made for my husband here. The contrasting bias binding I used for around the hemline and for the welt pockets is leftover from the crown blue linen that I used for my husband's new shirt, which is nearly-but-not-quite-finished, (should be able to show this off tomorrow.) I'm pretty proud of this skirt since I drafted the pattern myself!
I really like how in Celine's styling of this outfit the bottom of the white shirt worn can be seen poking out of the bottom of the skirt, a sort of ersatz petticoat effect. I don't have a shirt long enough for this look, and besides I made my skirt longer than the Celine version which is way too short for my tastes anyhow, so I wore my skirt today with a long petticoat underneath to get the same feel. Looking at my picture I think I look a little milkmaid-y. My husband suggested "The Hills are Alive" as a title.
Btw, my hemline looks a bit wonky in this photo, please let me point out this is thanks to my posture and the way the skirt is sitting, and the hemline is actually PERFECTLY straight!!
Skirt; drafted by me, linen
Top; Cotton On, tossed out by my daughter and rescued by me
Shoes; Sandler, op shop