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How to style up your wardrobe in 2018, the Phoebe Philo way

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.

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Suit up, louchely

Hands down, menswear-inspired blazer is the single piece of clothing we saw most this year. Having reinvented sharp suiting seasons before the trend gained momentum, Philo has always been ahead of the curve. Now she has her eye set on the trend’s next evolution: Soft, relaxed tailoring.

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Dare to bare

The Céline woman loves to dress up, sure, but when the summer solstice is on its high, she knows her “less is more” adage is applicable to unbreathable covering. With ample exposure of sun-kissed skin and sloppily worn sneakers, she beats the heat without compromising on style.

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Mismatch the unexpected

Oversized shirt that looks as if it’s borrowed from the man in your life? Boring. Try giving Céline’s mannish tie-dye viscose shirt a spin. Then up the ante by juxtaposing it with a see-through lace skirt.

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Rethink femininity

Phoebe Philo also knows you don’t need a complete suit to channel power. Instead of always predictably pairing your sharp trousers with a blazer, why not spice it up by layering a summer-apt dress over them?

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Go tonal

Leave colour blocking in 2017. It’s time you master the art of tonal dressing; a way of assembling your sartorial pieces of the day with hues of the same family. Céline’s case in point: Styling trench coat as you would a dress, while slinging on a tote in the same camel shade.

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