Phoebe Philo’s eye for sharp, understated elegance has made the British designer a revered name in fashion. Now, after a three-year hiatus, she is returning to the industry.
Philo announced the move July 12. “Being in my studio and making once again has been both exciting and incredibly fulfilling,” she said in a statement. “I am very much looking forward to being back in touch with my audience and people everywhere.”
Fashion fanatics have been following Philo’s work for two decades. In 2001, Philo took over from Stella McCartney as creative director of luxury French fashion house Chloé. She migrated to Céline in 2008, by which time she had a cult following in tow.
Céline’s Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris. Credit: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images
Philo’s time at Céline gave a new meaning to glamour. Far from gaudy glitz, she fostered a new mode of dressing built on the principles of minimalism, tailoring and effortless chic. And her influence on womenswear has been far-reaching. Despite Philo’s well documented take on trends (in an interview with Vogue in 2009 she said: “it felt better for me to work on an idea of a wardrobe than too much trend. I worked hard to create things that stand the test of time”) her simple, sophisticated designs have spawned a thousand copycats across fast fashion retailers.
But the designer’s appeal is industry-recognized, too. In 2005 and 2010, Philo won Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and in 2011 she was awarded the International Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards.
“I am very happy to partner with Phoebe on her entrepreneurial adventure,” Arnault said in his statement.
Top image: Phoebe Philo at the 2017 runway show for Céline’s Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection in Paris.