We just got done unpacking the Celine Spring 18 collection. With a number of recent changes at Céline, we were eager to get the new product in hand. Hedi Slimane was recently announced in January as the maison’s new artistic, creative and image director, and although we look forward to seeing her hand in future collections, the authorship and aesthetic of the Celine Spring 18 release still belongs very much to Phoebe Philo. This collection also marks the first drop from Céline since LVMH moved production to a brand new factory in the mountains of Italy. We’re pleased to say that this release represents everything that we love about Céline and more.
The Celine Spring 18 eyewear release brings back a number of favorites like Baby Audrey, Shadow (now offered in all black!), Bridge, Marta and more in new colorways and new different fits (now including universal, international and adjusted fit). But instead of going on about what’s come back, we’d like to share what’s new, with a focus on sunglasses.
Kissing cousins CL40012 and CL40014 reference the frame-within-a-frame concept first introduced in Spring Summer 17. Despite bold look, these frames are lightweight, owing to the special way the acetate is constructed. Adding to an already existing cat-eye design (CL40008), the double layer concept is now presented with a completely flat top with round (CL40012) or square lenses (CL40014). Transparent materials include standards colorways like black and tortoise as well as pop colors blue and orange.
The CL410017 and CL410034 with their restrained contours are meant to fit close and comfortable. Lenses are low profile but not 100% flat. These models are offered in homogeneous, tone-on-tone colorways.
CL40023 may be Céline’s contribution to the skinny sunnies phenomenon currently all the rage. With its expressive browline and narrow vertical span, this acetate eyewear offers more attitude than protection from the sun (which, on occasion, may be necessary).
With a retro nod to the 1970’s, the CL40036 is currently featured by Céline in their advertisements. Creating the frame from injection molded plastic allows for curvaceous three-dimensionality, as well as water-color-like pigmentation. It’s available in just two colorways: a light brown which fades to clear with orange lenses, and a dark brown which fades from the outside in to crystal, with brown gradient lenses. Both versions feature distressed metal temples with hairline abrasions.
That’s our summary of the new Celine Spring 18 eyewear collection. There’s more to see (and we didn’t even mention the opticals!) To fully experience them, we invite you to come in and try them on for yourself.