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Phoebe Philo
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Born 1973
Paris, France
Nationality British
Education Central St Martins
Labels formerly Chloé; I from October 2008 Celine

Phoebe Philo (Paris, 1973-) is an English fashion designer.

Phoebe Philo is a former fashion designer of the fashion house Chloé. Philo began working for Chloé in 1997 as Stella McCartney's design assistant.[1] Philo succeeded McCartney as creative director of the iconic luxury label in 2001 after McCartney was offered the chance to start her own label with the Gucci Group.[2] Philo resigned from her role at Chloé on January 5, 2006. Her reasons for leaving included a desire to spend more time with her family.[3]

Philo graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1996, a year after Stella McCartney. When McCartney landed the job at Chloé, she decided to bring Philo along as an assistant. Philo claims that she learned a lot about design from McCartney and many say that Philo added a "street sensibility" to McCartney's designs.[1] Like McCartney, Philo is a vegetarian and will not work with fur, but whereas McCartney (a strict vegetarian) will not work with leather either, Philo will. [1]

Philo has, at times, been credited with making Chloé 'cool' again, as it had been in the 1960s and 1970's under the rule of fashion-zeitgeist, Karl Lagerfeld. Some of the 'It' items produced by Chloé under Phoebe Philo include high-waisted jeans and babydoll dresses, wooden wedge shoes (something of a phenomenon at the time) and stack heeled buckled boots, horn, bat and fossil butterfly necklaces and of course, the Bracelet, Camera, Silverado, Paddington (arguably the most popular It Bag of all time), Betty and Edith handbags, which adorned the arm of every celebrity and celebrity-wannabe.

On September 4, 2008, the influential fashion portal WWDFashion announced that Bernard Arnault, president of LVMH, appointed Phoebe Philo as the new creative director of Celine. Philo will start at Celine in October 2008 and will present her first Celine collection next March for the fall-winter 2009 season, with a runway debut seven months later. Philo will replace Croatian born Ivana Omazić, who, according to LVMH, failed to transform this second league brand into an essential flagship of worldwide prêt-à-porter. "By giving Philo Celine, we’re giving her a platform to express her vision," said Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive officer of LVMH's fashion division which owns Celine.

Philo commented on this appointment: "This is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can't wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand, get customers excited about the product and work with a team that are incredibly serious and passionate about their work".

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