Ever since presenting her final collection for Celine in 2017, the house's former creative director Phoebe Philo has remained largely out of the spotlight. However, that is all about to change with the designer confirming the news that she is launching her own fashion brand.
Philo has released a statement confirming that she will be heading up her own independent fashion house that will sell "clothing and accessories rooted in exceptional quality and design". Although the brand will be independent, it has a minority backing from luxury conglomerate LVMH.
"I have had a very constructive and creative working relationship with LVMH for many years," Philo explained of the partnership. "So it is a natural progression for us to reconnect on this new project. I have greatly appreciated discussing new ideas with Bernard Arnault and Delphine Arnault and I am delighted to be embarking on this adventure with their support."
The designer added that she was excited to be back working on fashion collections again, and pleased that she was able to do it independently.
"Being in my studio and making once again has been both exciting and incredibly fulfilling. 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."
Philo's many hardcore fans will no doubt be thrilled. The designer managed to build a loyal following in her 10 years at Celine, creating ready-to-wear and accessories that spoke to an incredibly chic, modern and minimalist aesthetic. She is now one of the most well-known designers of this generation.
Her position at Celine came after working under Stella McCartney at Chloé, before then succeeding her at the fashion house, becoming creative director for five years, and then eventually moving into the role that she has become so famous for.
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