We All Scream For Celine

by Stephanie Yang


 

Resistance was futile.

I gave in and purchased a Celine Trapeze. At first, I was only window shopping. And by window shopping, I mean openly coveting. 

Fashion blogger and model Paulien mixes that nice high-low vibe.

A great pre-fall look from perennially cool Dutch blogger Christine from FashNChips.

When looking for an investment piece, I consider a handful of qualities to be key.  Craftsmanship, functionality, and timeless design.

For me, the craftsmanship has to be excellent. Sure, you'll pay a premium upfront.  However you find yourself reaching for these pieces, season after season because they look better with age.  It feels very satisfying to own something beautiful with a patina of memories aging gracefully. 

I invested in a Balenciaga lambskin purse with my first grown up paycheck.  Ten years later I grab this purse and get the same pride and appreciation for the artisanship as day one. 

In Los Angeles your car is your locker. In San Francisco you are your own sherpa.  Hard to feel glamorous walking uphill, battling the SF wind, in heels plus a bag of groceries and scalding coffee.  Shoulder straps are a must.  As is a roomier handbag for your Himalayan supplies. 

I also generally avoid large logos.  It's tough to be timeless with obvious branding.  

This Trapeze is proving to be beautiful.  I'm loving the sturdy shoulder strap and the contrast of the refined suede flap front.  The structured base makes digging around for keys a thing of the past. The bold shape is architectural and I predict will be a favorite of mine for years to come. 

Hip, hip, CELINE! 

This graphic tri-color version leaves everything else I'm wearing basic and understated.

Ring: Vita Fede Ultra Mini V Crystal Ring

The cobalt blue suede flap is a fun pop of color this season.

Blazer: Custom made in Shanghai (similar here). Jeans: Gap. Heels: Zara. Sunglasses: American Optics.