Wednesday, 8 December 2010

to aspire

After winning the award in 2005 for her notable impact as Creative Director at Chloe, last night Phoebe Philo rightly scooped the British Designer of the Year Award again for creating the most covetable line in French fashion with Celine.

Neat and slick and very sexy, Celine is enjoying its moment as the luxe label du jour under the transformative influence of Philo. From the strong funnel necks that create that natural cool Celine stance (tall and proud), to the bold strictness of the oil shiny leather skirts, Philo creates clothes that speak in quiet, considered and therefore very powerful tones.

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These clothes declare that the wearer knows the importance of simplicity and measurement. These clothes speak of consideration and intelligence. These clothes are, in short, created for the woman that all women aspire to be.  And I suppose that is the whole point of buying designer pieces.

I LOVED her funnel coats and lean pants and long leather boots from her AW10 collection, but am even more excited about the SS11 Resort collection:

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Block colour, structured shifts, the flash of a neon accessory, and an expert moulding of the trickiest summer staple: white. Brilliant stuff.

There was a good interview with Philo in the FT in October that proved pretty much what everyone already knew: the clothes are unashamadly a reflection of her own aspirations, her desire of living with a pared-down but elegant and utterly simple luxury that lasts: “I wanted something that felt honest, that was a mixture of what I want to wear and how I want to live. I felt it needed to be quite simple and very real.” And in the meantime, it's a reality that we can all enjoy dreaming of whilst enjoying looking at these beautiful clothes...
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