Former Celine fans, you might want to sit down: Phoebe Philo is finally back in fashion.
According to Fashion business, the British designer will launch her own fashion brand with LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy.
Philo’s upcoming eponymous fashion brand will offer clothing and accessories ârooted in exceptional quality and designâ. In other words, it will be very much in tune with the design language she cultivated at CÃ©line, the French luxury brand owned by LVMH, where she was Creative Director for 10 years before stepping down in 2017 to be focus on his family.
At CÃ©line, Philo made his mark with clothes for women that are at the same time intelligent, chic and sexy. She also designed a line of successful handbags, such as Cabas, which were functional and luxurious – yet subtle, when it comes to designer leather goods, with no obvious branding. (The bags are still available at CÃ©line today.)
Philo’s decidedly modern and minimalist fashion has earned him a group of dedicated followers known as Philophiles, and his influence continues to be felt in other fashion brands such as The Row and Peter Do. Most notably, after Philo left Celine, her fashion followers turned to Bottega Veneta, now led by designer Daniel Lee who had previously worked with her as Celine’s director of ready-to-wear.
In 2020, there were rumors that Philo would make a comeback in the fashion world with his own fashion label. Philo’s eponymous label had been under construction since leaving ChloÃ©, where she held the position of artistic director from 2001 to 2006 before joining CÃ©line. In February of last year, it was reported that she had assembled a team of designers for her brand.
This year, the British designer also made a semi-return to the ANDAM Awards 2021. Philo was a guest judge for the prestigious French Fashion Award, alongside Lisa of Blackpink and fashion photographer Juergen Teller, who shot a handful of memorable campaigns for Celine during her tenure.
Now it’s clear Philo is back for good. In a statement to Business of Fashion, the designer said, âBeing in my studio and creating again has been both exciting and incredibly rewarding. I can’t wait to reconnect with my audience and people around the world. Being independent, governing and experimenting on my own terms is extremely important to me. “
There is no official launch date for the Phoebe Philo brand yet, but you can expect more details in January 2022.
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