It’s fair to say we’re pretty much obsessed with the incredible Phoebe Philo. So when she speaks, we listen. The creative director of Céline has admitted that she wasn’t that into the French house when she took the job in 2008. “When I was deciding whether or not to take the job at Céline, I didn’t really look at the history of the house,” she said in a recent interview. “I had other offers to come back but they weren’t right, or they wouldn’t let me stay in London, which was non-negotiable. But this would, and I liked the fact the name didn’t stand for anything any more. Yes, the stakes were higher, because everyone was looking at me, and competition is fiercer because of what happened with the economy, but I also felt: it’s really not relevant to me what Céline has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there."
"I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking, ‘Is this Céline?’ I felt quite clear from the offset about what I wanted to do in terms of fashion – or certainly what I didn’t want,” Philo says. “I wanted something that felt honest, that was a mixture of what I want to wear and how I want to live. I felt it needed to be quite simple and very real.” And that’s precisely what she delivered – in spades. And brilliantly. Like we said – we’re obsessed. [Fashionologie]