When the news broke that Phoebe Philo was leaving Celine, I think it’s safe to say that most fashion fans were saddened, if only for a moment – even if there’ve been rumours of her departure for months now. Philo ushered in a look that one could rely on, year after year, season after season, of dependable, offhandedly chic pieces that made building blocks of a fantastic wardrobe.
She’s been at Celine for the past 10 years and as industry website Business of Fashion pointed out, it’s an “admirably long tenure in an era of brisk designer turnover.”
While it appears Philo isn’t heading to take up the reins at a new label for the moment, her departure remains one of the biggest shockers of the year in fashion. As critic Cathy Horyn astutely sums it up, “I do think that her departure is part of a watershed moment in fashion. Going forward, we will see less intuitive design, less design that is respectful of the wide range of feminine emotions, experiences and ages.
This change is part of a larger societal shift in how we work and value our time, indeed how people view leisure time — which has always been essential to shopping and the pursuit of beauty and fashion.”
Here, we take a look back at our favourite Celine looks over the years: