I am a self-confessed Philophile

Philophile = fanatical women who wear the Céline label with ardor. They have adopted the minimalor “pure” aesthetic of the brand under the creative direction of Phoebe Philo. (source – NYTimes)

As you will know by now, Céline is one of my favourite labels. Its modern, clean, fresh, simple and sophisticated. I’m totally over prettiness. I’ve outgrown it. Bows, roses and ribbons just aren’t me. I don’t think they were me, but I wore them for a while. Looking back, I’m not sure I was ever that comfortable wearing them. But there we go.

Phoebe Philo on the cover of The Gentlewoman September 2010

Phoebe Philo is the incredible brain behind Céline. She is British and was born in 1973. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1996, she started working as Stella McCartneys design assistant at Chloé, who was then the Creative Director. After Stella McCartney left Chloé to set up her own label, Phoebe Philo took on the Creative Director role and added her own level of 70’s chic to the label. High-waisted flared jeans, babydoll dresses and the Paddington bag make up a small selection of pieces she made the label eventually known for and I remember being completely infatuated back then.

“Every one of the 8,000 Paddington bags made for spring 2005 delivery, Vogue reported, was spoken for before arriving in shops.” (Source – Voguepedia)

After Philo joined Celine, she revolutionised the label which was struggling. She literally turned it around with her ideas of stylish comfort, simple colours and loose shapes. Like Coco Chanel, Phoebe Philo has almost revolutionised female dressing. Chanel wanted to abandon structured uncomfortable clothes, and introduced jersey to allow loose, comfortable shapes, which is exactly what Philo has done. She creates pieces of clothing, which can make up a capsule wardrobe. They’re classic, not throwaway and not high trend, which is exactly what the modern woman wants and needs. 

A thoroughly modern woman – Rachel Weisz wearing Celine in Vogue UK July 2012

Celine Pre-Fall 2012 (via Style.com)

Chloe Spring/Summer Ready-To-Wear 2006 (images via Style.com)

If you compare the image above of Celine Pre-Fall 2012 with the images of Chloe Spring/Summer 2006, its clear to see that Phoebe Philo had vision and her designs are consistent. Voluminous, floaty, masculine yet feminine sometimes, Philo is a sartorial genius. I know what I’ll be spending my money on when I’m rich and famous.

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