At the Céline Fall/Winter 2017 show back in February, the narrative was simplicity at its best. Expert tailoring, somber tones, and uber-chic silhouettes all made for an overall feel of relaxed precision – with the exception of the only necklace seen in the entire collection. Enter: the ‘Alphabet’ pendant.
Perfectly following Phoebe Philo’s undercurrent of travel for fall, the oversized-initial pendant resembles the delicate carvings and knots of a bamboo stick, complete with uneven edges and unique ridges for each letter. Within the collection of 40 looks, the pendant pops up twice: first as a single piece on a thin gold chain, and secondly as multiple letters knotted onto a simple jersey off-cut. The result is unexpected, particularly for the brand, but it works. This haphazard, make-do-and-mend way of styling created the perfect mix between high and low, proving how merging accessible with aspirational makes for really beautiful results.
Playing on both the booming trend for personalization and the versatility of Céline’s new vision, the 26 brass letters are sold separately and designed to be mixed, matched, and experimented with. They’re sizable and durable, so they can be used as bag charms, sewn onto a zip, and hung from your ankle, neck, or wrist – or all the above! There is one problem, though: deciding which letter to choose and how many to buy. The ‘Alphabet’ pendant is available at the Céline boutique in Mall of the Emirates.