Farewell, Phoebe Philo: A Look At Her Most Memorable Celine Runway Looks
The chicest memory lane there ever was and ever will be. *insert countless rows of crying emojis*| December 26, 2017
It happened. After months of “is she or isn’t she”, Celine announced that Phoebe Philo would soon leave the building. The upcoming fashion week in Paris will be her last as creative director. The end of an era. Not enough sad-faced and crying emojis can express the misery of her legions of fans the world over, ourselves included.
The word is that Philo has no plans to head anywhere in the immediate future. Still, that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from speculating and placing her as frontrunner for Christopher Bailey’s role at Burberry, a position he will vacate next year. After all, Philo’s talent and incredible ability to ignite trends way, way before everyone else is not something that can or should be quelled. The woman has foresight like no other.
Her decade-long tenure at Celine is one filled with triumphs. In more ways than we can count, Philo has shaped the way we dress, from the way we hold our bags – held sideways, close to the chest, or with a hand through the handles, like a clutch – to the elevation of the white sneaker’s status. She elongated and blew up sleeves before it became a thing. She deliberately mismatched shoes. She achieved the sartorially impossible feat of making Birkenstocks cool. But, most importantly, she proved that minimalism didn’t have to have just one look.
Philo’s recent collections are among her most powerful, whether it was the boob-printed or pink caped dresses of Spring 2017, or the double-layered coats of Spring 2018. But again, this is Philo’s Celine. Her entire era is a powerhouse in itself. We did a miniature tribute two months ago, but this time, we’re going full on with her most memorable runway looks (and accessories!) and exactly one legendary resort collection. Farewell, Phoebe, but we’re pretty sure this isn’t “good-bye” as much as it is “see you later”.
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