Céline FW15 Mini Belt Bag in Light Smoke
YAYYY!!! It’s here! The first Céline bag of the season! I’m so excited!!! 😀
When I think of Céline, I envision minimalism, modernity, creativity, neutrals and monotones. It’s not often that Phoebe comes out with romantic colours like red, pink, and purple. I actually prefer it this way. The brand should stick to its roots of what it’s best at and not diverge out like many other brands offering the same product in 100 colour ways. Too many options sometimes is not a good thing and to me that means a lack of focus where it has lost its historical qualities.
However, what I’m most impressed by Phoebe‘s work, is that even when she has introduced more pinks and reds this season, the exact tone chosen embodies a level of maturity. I love how the name “Light Smoke” perfectly depicts the subdued pink of this bag in a soft and airy way cast by grey-blue tones which is more prominent under certain lighting. A true light pink would have made this bag too delicate and prone to getting dirty. So the balance with the grey is perfect and will also help to disguise any wear and tear.
There have been previous Belt bags that I’ve liked, especially last season’s tan with hot pink edges. However, there was always something that I did not particularly like about some of the colour ways, because I’m frankly not much into brown colours these days. My wardrobe leans toward black and white, instead of neutrals like beige and brown. So another reason, why I fell in love with these colours is because the Indigo is more resistant to showing dirt when used as a hand-held bag.
Of course, one can also use it with its strap, which frees your hands. It’s quite a versatile bag, where one can carry it on the shoulder, in the crook of your arm, or by hand. Owners of the Céline Trapèze will feel very familiar to the bag as the two designs are quite similar and can be carried in the same ways. Both bags are exactly the same size in every dimension that I measured (see last pic for reference). The only real difference is the opening mechanism of the bags. For those who find the Trapèze to be too difficult to get in/out because of it’s “tab+turn-lock” closure, will find the Belt to be much user friendly in that it’s more of a “hook” where it latches onto the body. Both styles have a zipper for extra security. The Belt bag does feel much lighter though and seems to be less structured compared to the Trapèze. So I would definitely say that it has more of a casual feel.
Leather exterior: Calfskin
Leather interior: Lambskin
Leather quality: 10/10
Country of origin: Italy
Interior Compartments: 2 flap pockets
Exterior 1 large zipped pocket
Size: 27/23/13 cm – thanks Kelly for catching the typo! (about 2 cm smaller on both sides compared to the regular Belt)
Removable shoulder strap (would prefer an adjustable one, and the length seems kinda short?)
In one sentence, this bag is practical, functional, beautiful, and perfect for those of us with petite frames. Thanks for letting me share and enjoy the pix! 😀
Modeling pix below to show bag relative to 5’2 height:
– Club Monaco sweater
– Roland Mouret skirt
– Christian Louboutin heels
Lastly, reference pic in comparison to the Trapèze. Again both bags are exactly the same size in all dimensions, including the straps have the same lengths. Hope this helps!