Céline Translates Cheap Grocery Bags Into Four-Figure Coats

We’ve heard of high-low dressing, this really takes it to the next level! Phoebe Philo showed her fall 2013 collection for Céline, continuing her streak as every editor’s Fashion Week favorite with a covetable offering of luxe knits, minimalist outerwear, and chic trumpet shapes. Only a few plaid pieces broke up the lineup of solids, and these XL prints reminded us of something very close to home indeed: those ubiquitous woven shopping bags that you can buy in bulk in Chinatown for a few measly dollars.

Of course, Céline’s outerwear usually runs well into the four figures (sigh) so the bargain basement reference point is going to be getting a very high fashion makeover for next season. And this isn’t the first time the grocery totes have served as inspiration on a Paris runway. In 2007, Marc Jacobs sent out totes nearly identical to the Chinatown versions with a big Louis Vuitton passport logo stamped across them.

Can you imagine the street style melée that would ensue if someone rocked the coat and the tote together?

See what we mean in the gallery below:

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