Past Beautiful

Past Beautiful

Change isn’t easy. No one likes to change. But because change is the only constant in a world where nothing stays static, so must fashion whether one likes it or not. Triomphe may be as modern as a bag can be, but it takes its inspiration from ancient architecture.

The inspiration 
The bag takes its name from the Parisian monument, L’Arc de Triomphe. The story goes something like this: in 1972, the car of Céline Vipiana, the founder of the brand, broke down near the famous square, and his attention was caught by the chains that surround the monument. The clasp, representing the two Cs is inspired by this chain. It is since then used on its bags, jewels and shoes.

The look
Triomphe is the first bag to be designed by Hedi Slimane, the newely appointed artistic, creative and image director for the House of Céline. It was showcased at the Spring/Summer 2019 collection by the House of Céline. With its logo inspired by Céline Viapiana’s creations in the 1970s, it has a sophisticated retro look. Created September last year, it was showcased along with two other bags, 16 and C. 

Measuring 22 cm by 16.5 cm, the easiest way to give you a better idea of how it looks is just to compare it to the Classic. When put side by side, the Classic is slightly shorter compared to the Triomphe’s slimmer and taller profile. You could even say this is the ‘more is more’ version of the Classic.

The variants
Available in three sizes, the bag comes with a wide choice of colours including (but not limited to) black, red, nude, white, grey, burgundy, tan and navy blue. Its another variant is the bi-material and two-tone version, which is available in white and tan, white and burgundy, white and navy blue. It gives different looks depending upon, which two-tone version are you opting for.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.