Celine's Fashion Evolution
Neat and tidy Phoebe Philo’s round-necked leather T-shirts, shirt dresses and the short skirts – that are neither A-line nor minis but more like upturned teacups – and of course, her high-waisted '70s tailored trousers are for decisive women. Perhaps you need to be brave to wear Philo's pieces but not necessarily exhibitionist.
Her appointment at the French heritage brand Celine marked a significant comeback after three years away from the business with her two small children after she left Chloe, the name that became synonymous with her pared-down super-trendy aesthetic during the years 2001 – 2006.
Philo was one of the fashion insiders' favourite designers and, unlike the ones who use their personalities or showbiz lifestyles to further increase the allure of their brands, it was always about the collections with Phoebe Philo. It’s the trends that speak the loudest – the trends she started for blouses and high-waisted jeans and wedge shoes, not to mention the towering commercial success these brought, particularly at the time of ‘it-bags’ and waiting lists for particular items.
The Celine brand itself was born in 1945 and was presided over for four decades by Madame Céline Vipiana who, like Coco Chanel, set in place the idea of a fashion house run by a woman, with how a woman would choose to dress at the forefront of the brand ethos. Elegantly yet practically, covered-up yet chic.