Phoebe Philo is back, and that’s the Monday morning news I’m here for! The British designer is returning to fashion after a three-year hiatus, not as the creative director of a major luxury house, but as the majority owner of her clothing and accessories label “rooted in exceptional quality and design“. Since Philo’s 2017 exit from Céline, where she delivered incredible, intelligent and refined clothes loved by women across the world, industry insiders have speculated about her next move (remember the Chanel and Alaïa rumours?). But the designer has maintained a low profile, quietly building the Phoebe Philo Studio from her London base. “I am very much looking forward to being back in touch with my audience and people everywhere. To be independent, to govern and experiment on my own terms is hugely significant to me“, she said in an announcement shared with The Business of Fashion. Fashion will make sense again in January 2022, as the first details of Philo’s brand are unveiled. So many questions. Will Phoebe go Old Céline 2.0. or revive her 2000s Chloé years style? Maybe Daria Werbowy, the ultimate Philo model, will return to the public eye? I expect the unexpected!
Above photo by Juergen Teller for Purple Magazine.