LVMH just handed Phoebe Philo Celine on a silver platter. If we had to imagine a designer's ideal progression through the industry, we can't think of anything better than having your coming out party at Chloé, going on a really long vacation, then marrying a name as recognized, yet as undefined, as Celine. Since Michael Kors left the brand in 2004, it's survived, though it'd be hard to call it relevant, which means that lucky Phoebe has a pretty clean slate, the financial backing and support of one of the largest luxury companies, and an instantly recognizable name. By the time we see Philo's designs, March of next year, it will have been over three years since she left Chloé to have babies which means three years of industry speculation of how and when such a successful designer would get back in the game. Obviously, we can't wait.
Phoebe Philo Turns on the Charm at Céline
Phoebe Philo doesn't need to the turn on the charm while safely nestled in the good graces of the fashion establishment. Her weird furry slippers (furkenstocks) were the ultimate must-have seconds after hitting the spring runway. But despite the British designer's ability to "do no wrong," charm us she did for Fall 2013.