The news is the kind that makes noise-after 10 years as Celine’s creative director and five away from the scene, Phoebe Philo is finally back in the fashion world.
“Being in my studio and making once again has been both exciting and incredibly fulfilling” Phoebe Philo herself said in an interview with Business of Fashion, and added: “I am very much looking forward to being back in touch with my audience and people everywhere. To be independent, to govern and experiment on my own terms is hugely significant to me”.
The English designer in fact, has made her return to fashion by founding her own eponymous brand of clothing and accessories where the designer will have the majority stake while LVMH will support the project as a minority investor.
What we know for now is only this: “our inaugural collection will be revealed and available for purchase in September 2023”, and this is what the British designer shared via an Instagram post on her account, later deleted.
But who is Phoebe Philo?
Phoebe was born in Paris to English parents who worked in the French capital, Richard, her father, is a surveyor while Celia, her mother is an art dealer and graphic artist – she helped make the cover of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album.
The whole family returned to England when Phoebe was two years old and settled in Harrow, northwest London.
The British designer showed a huge passion for fashion from an early age to the point of pushing her parents to give her a sewing machine for her 14th birthday, thanks to which she began to customize her own clothes.
She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, graduating in 1996 and, once finished her studies, she was hired as Stella McCartney’s assistant at Chloé the following year, moving to Paris.
In 2001 she was appointed creative director of the French fashion house, succeeding McCartney, before leaving the position and the company in 2006 to return to London to be with her family and where she had her second child. In 2008, however, Bernard Arnault and the LVMH group called and offered her the role of creative director of the French fashion house Céline. Phoebe accepted on one condition: the creative office had to move to London because she would not leave her family again. Arnault agreed and the following year Philo debuted with her first collection for Céline, achieving enormous success, both with the public and with critics.
In 2017, after 10 years at the head of the French fashion house, the British designer stepped down as creative director after presenting Pre-Fall 2018.
Phoebe Philo through his work has redefined the canons of women’s clothing, thanks to its minimalist aesthetic, clean lines, color palettes used and its extraordinary ability to revolutionize through a simplicity extremely fascinating and without excess.
A revolution under the banner of simplicity that has made Céline a point of reference in women’s fashion.
Now Phoebe is back in the fashion world no longer at the head of a famous fashion house but with her own personal project and we just have to wait to enjoy her extraordinary work again.