Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.

Céline Springs Eternal
Look closely, not one of these designs is Phoebe Philo’s, yet every single one of them bears a resemblance to her original signature Cabas, Trapeze or Luggage shapes. Major handbags from every formidable fashion brand these days owe their commercial appeal to a singular influence. And that undisputed authority belongs to the house of Céline.
With nary a sign of stopping or even slowing (despite their complete disavowal of e-commerce) it seems they are perched comfortably at the apex of a perfect consumer success storm. It is the intersection of great design, desirability and you guessed it: scarcity. Taking an approach adopted by French luxury behemoth, Hèrmes; it seems like the harder it is to find something, the more in-demand it becomes.
From top left: Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Calvin Klein Collection, Lanvin, Prada, Marni, Victoria Beckham, ZAC by Zac Posen, Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Gonzalez, Valentino, Chloé, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander, Rag & Bone, Zara.
FDB [via Business of Fashion]
Spied @fashionhouston last night. #Celine #Trapeze
That’s going to be the bracelet of the season, mark my words. Celine, Spring 2012. -RS (Image via