Phoebe Philo, Philophiles, Celine, Lvmh

Phoebe Philo, Philophiles

What Do the Philophiles Make of Phoebe's Return to Fashion?

Philo Hive assemble.

8/4/2021 2:00:00 AM

Philo Hive assemble.

The revered designer's ardent fanbase weighs in on the questions surrounding her comeback.

), a creative consultant who describes herself as a Philophile till the end."Phoebe's lack of public persona has aided that, it adds to the allure ... Her clothes have always meant a lot to me because they were physical manifestations of the woman the younger me aspired to be, very much an anchor."

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Murray expects Philo will continue in the vein she championed of elevated minimalism, though she acknowledges her work ran much deeper than that."It really struck a chord with women, women were dressing for themselves and not the attention of men," she says.

Julie Ragolia, a stylist and consultant, has long been drawn to what Philo represented."I don't see it so much as filling a void that she left, as I do a greater, more rounded conversation about the strength of women, and minimalism as an aesthetic," she says."Having made the decision to stay out of the public eye takes strength. There's empowerment in thinking first about one's craft and message, rather than the extremes of popularity that have dominated our industry."

A post shared by Amanda (@londongirlinnyc)Indeed, Philo was a fashion anomaly in that she was allowed to live and work in London to be close to her family while Céline was based in Paris. Before that, she took a break from the industry for several years after leaving Chloé to have her second child. She's always lived and worked by her own terms, making her return as an independent designer with her name on the company an even more compelling proposition.

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