The brains and creativity behind the creation of the French Fashion powerhouse was Céline Vipiana – a young and gifted creative who founded the namesake brand in 1945. Fast-forward just over half a century and the brand has since been acquired by global fashion conglomerate, LVMH - under whom, the brand has seen a significant transformation.
Previous creative directors include household names such as the likes of Michael Kors and Roberto Menichetti - who have since been replaced by Award-winning British designer, Phoebe Philo. Philo has flourished in her role since she begun in October 2008 - spearheading a tireless campaign which has seen Céline transition into a Parisian super brand which oozes chic, minimalism and boldness all at the same time.
Working under Stella McCartney at Chloé, Philo spent years gaining experience of designing not only clothes, but bags, accessories and footwear. Upon the departure of her friend and tutor, McCartney, she took the helm and stepped up as chief designer – entering what was to become a hugely successful spell for herself and the French Fashion house.
Soon after, the British designer had famously left the world of fashion abruptly in order to spend more time with her family. Philo’s subsequent inclusion within the Céline group was a surprise to the fashion world to say the least. The brand was suffering at the time, having to chop and change between chief designers every so often without establishing a firm identity of a brand which was once talked-about globally. These challenges, however, provided Philo with even more reason to take up the offer from Céline – as she sought to express her take on modern fashion and redefine the brand’s identity as she saw fit.
Philo’s introduction to the brand has seen significant changes to all aspects of the fashion house, most notably however – the accessories. Characterized by chic, animated and simplistic silhouettes – the new Céline range truly is the epitome of pure elegance and quiet luxury.