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#ELLELoves: Katherine Hepburn-Perfection Pants

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THE EDITOR Digital director Leah Chernikoff | THE LOVE Céline pants


It’s true that I bought these Céline pants at the height of the Phoebe Philo-leaving-Céline frenzy. Between shows during Paris fashion week this past March, the one place you could reliably find every US fashion editor was at the Céline store at the Avenue Montaigne, all of them eager to snap up the last of Philo’s designs at a slightly lower price tag (thanks to a weak-ish Euro).

This season marks Phoebe Philo’s last designing for Céline. She leaves behind a legacy of fashion for the kind of woman I want to be: so confidently at ease in her body, unfussy, elegant. It was never youth-obsessed—on the contrary, Philo’s designs seemed made for women who, like Philo, had kids, worked demanding jobs, and needed their clothes to work as hard as they did.

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Tyler Joe

I bought these pants after having my first kid on my first trip away from her. I promptly spilled breast milk on them and I still haven’t washed them. I like to think Philo intended the dark wool to stand up to those kinds of stains.These are wildly expensive pants, I know. Twenty-three-year-old me would never in a million years believe that 35-year-old me would spend over $500 on pants. But I did. These are Katherine Hepburn-perfection pants. I love them and I wear them all the time. I wear them with a sweater or a white tee shirt. They make me feel instantly polished. No regrets.

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