French fashion makes a comeback on Madison Avenue
After shuttering its 61st Street location several years ago (and with it, our dreams of dressing like Jane Birkin), French fashion house Céline has returned to the Upper East Side with a revamped flagship showcasing creative director Phoebe Philo's timeless separates, city-girl leather goods and sporty accessories.
We were initially drawn in by the window display of iconic black bags, but the swinging skirts, soft knits and fitted shirts had us lingering among the store's sleek marble shelving and high ceilings.
The ready-to-wear combines playful hibiscus-print pants ($960) and fitted jacquard jackets ($3,550) with classic satin dresses ($1,950) and crisp white tuxedo shirts ($930). Most flattering are Céline's wide-leg trousers ($1,250): The silk-crepe material and champagne hue are effortlessly elongating.
Of course, we couldn't leave without taking a peek at the brand's trademark handbags: We lusted after a royal-blue calfskin trapeze bag ($1,950) and an over-the-top, crocodile-skin phantom luggage tote ($32,500--crazy, we know) with gold-embossed lettering.
Céline, 870 Madison Ave. (at 71st St.); 212-535-3703 or celine.com