Celine Rita's Royal Summer

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's delightful to watch a designer develop and go from strength to strength with each new season, so it was with great pleasure that I got to preview talented designer Celine Chapman's upcoming 'A Captivating Lady' Summer 2013/14 collection for her pretty young label Celine Rita last week.  Drawing inspiration from the most iconic of muses, the late Princess Diana, Celine's range is a beautiful collection of pieces that explore the evolution of Diana's style in the public eye.  Starting with the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the world's imagination and moving on to the confident woman who did things her own way and embodied the modern monarchy, Diana left an indelible mark on the world of fashion.

Celine's collection perfectly captures Diana's free spirit, poise and grace in a way that references the princess but doesn't literally re-interpret Diana's wardrobe.  Instead you can imagine that these are the clothes a modern princess would wear, and they certainly suit the summer parties, weekends in the country, trips to the races and day to day occasions that make up a royal life.  In keeping with Diana's style, the garments are elegant, carefully tailored and just a bit playful, with silhouettes that complement the figure in gorgeous fabrics and pretty prints.

I had a really hard time picking any favourites from this collection as it's all utterly stunning and very wearable, but I do adore the sweet floral Honor dress and classic Kate dress below.  I also love the Georgie skirt which I imagine is a nod to the sheer skirt Diana wore in an infamous photo from her kindergarten days. But in all honesty I've loved every collection Celine has done since I first met her in 2011 and each time I say her latest collection is my favourite, but I will say it again, this is my favourite collection of hers to date and a beautiful, cohesive effort that I'm sure will find many fans this summer.

You can check out the new range for yourself at Celine's Newton boutique or online here very soon.

Images from:  Anna Allport for Celine Rita

Just So Pretty x


  1. Wow! So gorgeous! Loving this collection <3

  2. Oh wow - what beautiful wearable pieces - gorgeous model too. Thanks for sharing.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.


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