The world of fashion is buzzing with the news of designer Phoebe Philo making a comeback with her own eponymous label, backed by fashion giant LVMH. The designer, who formerly was the creative director for fashion brands Celine as well as Chloé, has been famously credited for reviving the two fashion labels successfully over the years. Besides being an exceptional designer, Philo is also responsible for game-changing and empowering moments in women’s fashion. Here are some fashion moments from her that made a powerful statement for women all over.
Philo designed a range of menswear-inspired oversize suiting and coats, while at Celine. The roomy, slouchy silhouette that ended up defining a classic silhouette for the brand was redefined time and again during Philo’s stint at the brand. The androgynous style of the coats made way for an almost gender-less way of dressing, breaking stereotypes for many.
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During the early 2000s where the mini bag was a thing of trend, Philo, who was then with Chloé, delivered innovation with the slouchy Paddington bag, defined by a statement-making lock on the front. A celebrity favourite at the time, the bag has been redesigned a number of times since then, still remaining as the brand’s most iconic bag yet. Philo made a statement once again with the luggage tote bag in 2012 while at Celine. A bag that instantly became a favourite, is still a wardrobe staple for many. Philo is best known for her bags that made a statement, making women feel a sense of power with their functional yet stylish “It” bags.
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Philo was one of the first designers to prove that luxury exists in minimalism and not just sartorial glam. Her designs were a strong ode to comfy, practical yet luxurious silhouettes that did not make women think twice about their outfits before walking out the door. She started a craze for perfect separates and staples in neutral colour palettes, as well as silk pajamas. Her designs inspired women to embrace the simpler, yet more wearable way of dressing.
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The designer proved that flawless, sharp tailoring wasn’t just a thing for men. Her countless designs included exemplarily made tailored pieces like trousers, coats and shirts, in her relaxed style. Philo made a case for perfectly tailored womenswear time and again with her collections at Celine, making them synonymous with her design DNA as well as a chic addition for women’s wardrobes all over.
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The high waist silhouette might be a staple for many today, but it wasn’t so in the early 2000s when midriff-baring low waist jeans were a rage. Offering relief from the pressure of having the perfect skinny waist to sport low waist silhouettes, Philo was one of the firsts to adopt the flattering high waist silhouette for jeans. While at Chloé one of her most celebrated innovations was the high waisted jean, a favourite amongst many today.
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The Sneaker Moment
Philo was known for having her fashion favourite sneaker: the Adidas Stan Smiths. Often spotted in comfortable sneakers both backstage as well as on the runway, she inspired women to make powerful statements in trainers instead of the usual high heel, making them a high fashion and pop culture favourite. She also designed various sneakers as a part of the fashion brand Celine.
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