Phoebe Philo may not be a household name to the general public, but if you are interested in fashion, chances are you are familiar with this reserved and revered power woman who is the current creative director for French fashion house, Céline.
Phoebe is widely adored and respected within fashion circles for a number of reasons – Perhaps most prominent is her personal style and the quiet confidence she exudes through the way she dresses – She is often seen in well-tailored trousers, low cut Stan Smith sneakers, a good quality, plain t-shirt or button up, topped off with a slightly oversized blazer or beautiful wool coat. Her personal taste has a very obvious influence on the clothing she has designed for Céline – Her collections thus far have been largely uncomplicated, with clean lines, classic silhouettes, and a subtle, masculine influence.
Since arriving at the helm of Céline in 2008, her creative direction has steered the company from out of moderate success and into the big leagues with other highly sought after luxury brands. Her clothing has been very well received by both industry insiders, and also by consumers; by women. It has been called functional, effortless, empowering, elegant, comfortable, dignified, and androgynous. (Among other things)
Personally, I consider Philo one of the best dressed women in the world. Many herald her as bringing to the forefront the idea of comfort being the biggest luxury money can afford when it comes to fashion. Her clothing has a humble dignity and seems to say “I’m a busy woman who is juggling a career, a family, and a social life, therefore I need my clothing to be practical while also maintaining a polished, classic, and relaxed look.”
Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue has a similar approach when it comes to style and taste. Her personal aesthetic is refined and simple – Button up shirts, sleek jeans, and a blazer or black leather jacket. Supermodel Daria Werbowy is another inspiring woman who has impeccable style that is not over the top or showy. She prefers to be comfortable and let that speak louder than her attire. These are just 2 other examples of well-dressed women who I believe are influenced by Phoebe and by the Céline aesthetic.
When it comes to style, they say “Less is more” and Philo represents this mantra wholeheartedly. On the rare occasion she is interviewed or photographed, she always upholds a signature look. This look often carries over to the all-encompassing idea of the Céline Woman – She is one who wears functional trousers that are loose yet well-tailored and high quality. She is one who understands that sneakers or flats are the only way to get around because she needs to get things done. She is one who prefers all shirts or sweaters to be slightly oversized and cashmere or silk. She opts for very little or no make up because she knows that she is beautiful within, regardless of how her face appears to the outside world —
Overall, she doesn’t subscribe to the need to stand out in ostentatious clothing because often you can feel most powerful and sexy through effortless modesty.
I want to be her.