How to wear, It Bags | 21 January 2018

Brand Story: Céline

Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana and originally specialising in children’s shoes, the brand soon moved into ready-to-wear. Almost 60 years later, after being acquired by LVMH and a short period with Michael Kors at the creative helm, Phoebe Philo took over as Creative Director. With Hedi Slimane appointed as the new creative director, we look back at how Phoebe Philo redefined contemporary elegance with designs that were modern, refined and flawlessly executed.

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A Creative Powerhouse

Runway S/S 2013, S/S 2011 and A/W 2010

Like many of her contemporaries, Phoebe Philo learned her craft at the renowned Central Saint Martins school in London. There she met Stella McCartney, with whom she sparked up a friendship that would help to determine her career path. Graduating in 1996, she joined Stella at Chloé in Paris, where they were able to express their individual, yet broadly complementary styles. In 2001, Phoebe Philo proved to be the natural replacement for Stella at the head of Chloé. Virtually unknown to the general public and the industry at the time, she set about developing the style that would make her famous. The romantic and ethereal Chloé style might seem to contrast starkly with what Phoebe Philo is known for now, but the floaty quality, freedom of movement and subtle masculinity characteristic of her collections reveal the very beginnings of what she went on to achieve for Céline.
The designer returned to London in 2006 to concentrate on her family… until Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, offered her the role of Creative Director at Céline, which was in search of an identity.

CELINE Leather jacket
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CELINE

Leather jacket

Size: 42 FR

Oops sold! Sunday, 23 September, 2018

CELINE Mini dress
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CELINE

Mini dress

Size: 36 FR

Oops sold! Thursday, 20 June, 2019

CELINE Large pants
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CELINE

Large pants

Size: 36 FR

Oops sold! Thursday, 6 September, 2018

The transformation of Céline

Runway A/W 2013, S/S 2017, and A/W 2017

From the moment she showed her first collection, there was magic – or rather, a dose of that had been absent from the catwalks since 2000. Phoebe Philo was the antithesis of this. She designed simple and practical, yet refined pieces for Céline, evoking power rather than femininity, independence as opposed to glamour. The effect she had on fashion in the 2010s influenced women around the world. Phoebe Philo style had arrived: never overly classic, never extravagant, but comfortable and elegant, offering freedom of movement both in terms of design and materials. As the designer – who rarely speaks out – has explained, she designs with women in mind, reflecting on their daily lives, their work and their significance in the world today, irrelevant of gender. Her commitment paid off. Within a few years, she had tripled profits at Céline and made "minimalist" the fashion statement of the decade with her oversized coats, chunky knits and wide-leg trousers, without ever coming across as boring.

CELINE Silk mid-length dress
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CELINE

Silk mid-length dress

Size: 38 FR

Oops sold! Thursday, 23 August, 2018

CELINE Heels
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CELINE

Heels

Size: 37.5 EU

Oops sold! Friday, 7 December, 2018

CELINE Wool blazer
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CELINE

Wool blazer

Size: 38 FR

Oops sold! Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

The power of accessories

While at Céline, Phoebe Philo developed an accessories line that immediately established itself as the most inspiring of the time. Expert design, perfect craftsmanship and impeccable quality: every handbag the fashion house brought out proved instantly popular, being coveted by women and copied by other brands. Nothing was left to chance. Practical, understated shapes with perfect proportions and architectural details made the Trio, Classic, Phantom and Trapeze handbags best-sellers in all sorts of leathers and skins. Phoebe Philo may be well-known for her neutral tones and limited colour palette, but she doesn't hold back from introducing splashes of bold colour to key pieces and accessories to play up the contrast with some of her more austere designs.

"She displayed her talent for creating pieces that were both sensational and trendsetting."

The same goes for shoes. In showing furry red, pink and yellow stilettos on the catwalk, she displayed her talent for creating pieces that were both sensational and trendsetting, without ever going overboard or crossing the line into bad taste. Her years at Céline will be remembered for the knits and the beautifully cut coats, the oversized garments and the timeless accessories she redesigned, like the tote bag and ballet pumps we thought were buried forever. Therein lies the real strength of Phoebe Philo, who showed us the power of classic clothing.

CELINE Classic leather handbag
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CELINE

Classic leather handbag

Oops sold! Sunday, 2 September, 2018

CELINE Pétales earrings
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CELINE

Pétales earrings

Oops sold! Saturday, 25 August, 2018

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EDITO | commentaires

zora
zora August 25, 2018
Marque emblématique que j ❤️
Séverine
Séverine August 23, 2018
J’ai quelques pièces emblématiques en vente; pour celle qui adorent !;-)
Fashionistabazaar
Fashionistabazaar August 21, 2018
I love your Brads stories and those unique pieces speak about the designer. I 😍
zosia
zosia August 20, 2018
Amazing 💕
juliette
juliette August 19, 2018
What a woman! Check out my Céline by Philo pieces!
juliette
juliette August 19, 2018
What a woman! Check out my Céline by Philo pieces!
Maria
Maria August 18, 2018
I've got a lovely handbag for sale on my items. Please do look at my profile and goods for sale in there. :-)
maria
maria August 18, 2018
No se de que etapa o diseñador, pero las bolsas azules de rejilla son la bomba. Really vintage style.
soldissime
soldissime August 16, 2018
Coucou, pour celles qui aiment les belles montres à tout de suite
danielle
danielle August 15, 2018
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soldissime
soldissime August 13, 2018
Prenez vous une montre de chez Cartier pour encore plus de class
france
france February 17, 2018
CLASSIEUSE SELECTION
chime
chime February 8, 2018
Great! Love the contemporary design of Cèline’s accessories!
Ajda
Ajda February 2, 2018
diane
diane January 25, 2018
You can see🤩💕🤩🙂🌸💕
capsule noir
capsule noir January 24, 2018
Cool article,
Côme and shop crazy Céline, Chanel and Balmain on my page 🤯
Karina
Karina January 23, 2018
Philo is amazing! I loved Celine under her reign. Once she said she wants to re-define what is feminity in fashion, and she did it. And Slimane... he showed nothing in YSL. He designed some bags and bombers with palms, sad pullovers and perfectos taht we all know sooo well. His biggest success at YSL was introducing black boxes... What a great loss for Celine, Philo was the right person at the right place. I wish her many years of beautiful career.
jeanne
jeanne January 23, 2018
Celine in my shop now. Take a look!
DANIELE
DANIELE January 22, 2018
Mais ce article c'est pas vrai! Aprés Michael Kors l'italien Roberto Menichetti et encore la jeune stiliste croate Ivana Omazic. Phoebe Philo à commence son travail en le 2009 et tous les sac qui elle à herité sont dessiné par John Coca. Hereusement son travail chez Céline est terminé et je souhaite de rien plus voir!
alex
alex January 22, 2018
Ηαиε α λɸɸΚ ατ ʍψ σιτε🌺 Really nice things from PLEIN SUD to LOUIS VUITTON and HELMUT LANG and BCBG 🌺Cheers. ANTONIA 🌺
suzanne
suzanne January 22, 2018
love love Celine handbags
Giovanna
Giovanna January 22, 2018
Love❤️ Especially accessoires and Luggage bag, a piece of timeless fashion...
Ina
Ina January 22, 2018
Dear Hedi Slimane, please rename " Céline " with “Vipiana” !!! In my opinion you are the perfect "designer" to be at the head of Bershka or Forever21. Let see, I'm very curios ... not about the collections – I have seen your talent. How many months/years he will stay behind Céline? I still believe that is a joke!!!
mirja
mirja January 21, 2018
Phoebe Philos designs are iconic. Simple but never trivial, artful and down to earth at the same time- I'm excited to see where she'll continue her work!

Shb
Shb January 21, 2018
Hedi Slimane will join Céline soon
Ajda
Ajda January 21, 2018
Come check out my page for more coolest stuff..
vale
vale January 21, 2018
Phoebe the right person at the right time. Comprerei quasi tutto, talvolta vendo. Adesso sulla mia pagina troverai i suoi inconfondibili occhiali!
Marie
Marie January 21, 2018
Très bel article, Phoebe Philo, merci pour tout.
josiane
josiane January 21, 2018
Céline: la marque de tous les temps 😍❤️
leah
leah January 21, 2018
Check out my stunning Celine gold dress and I will be listing some fabulous Celine boots this week ;) xx
palomas
palomas January 21, 2018
J'adore !!!!!
Bisous
Palomas :)
sabine
sabine January 21, 2018
CELINE.....que dire...je t'aime tout simplement 💋
cristina
cristina January 21, 2018
Celine 💙💙💙
a_guicci
a_guicci January 21, 2018
🍎🍎🍎 Bam Bam zip