After almost a decade since Phoebe Philo joined Parisian house Céline and resuscitated the brand from the brink of death, the creative director’s heftily rumoured exit has been confirmed by LVMH. Philo’s Spring 2018 collection showed last October was her final bow for the brand.
Throughout her tenure, Philo reinvented Céline into an aspirational label for the sleekly chic, minimalist professional women. Her design tropes are so distinct, you could spot a Céline wearer from a mile away merely by the precise cut of her pants or the bag she toted.
Philo had a clear vision of what she wanted. The label’s now-signature visual identity — the Semplicità-font logo, stark Juergen Teller-lensed campaigns, and the constant use of philodendrons — has greatly influenced fashion (more often than not, #TributeBrands), advertising industry, home design, and beyond.
Her last Pre-Spring collection is no exception. Philo’s emphasis on tailoring, menswear-inspired staples, and quietly dramatic silhouettes is once again explored — and updated for the new year.
Below, styling lesson from the visionary fashion guru’s departing farewell. Read up, class is starting.
Céline Spring 2018 collection is available in boutiques.