The fashion world is nothing if not fickle and superficial. Hardworking designers can be forgotten in an instant, once their time is up. A new, just as hardworking designer taking their place in the spotlight almost instantly. Anyone remember Christopher Bailey? The revered designer of Burberry for over 17 years. It was just over a year ago that Riccardo Tisci took his place at the iconic fashion house.
Then why haven’t we gotten over Pheobe Philo? The former designer at Celine and Chloe has an almost cult following more than three years after leaving Celine. If anything her status has been elevated from mere fashion designer to the barometer of talent. Pheobe Philo is the woman that understood women, and was able to deliver to them style, and not just fashion. That heady combination of effortless design that people were willing to make a huge effort to own.
Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
Ok, let’s start with the good.. WWD has reported that Pheobe Philo may be planning a comeback. According to WWD, multiple sources on both sides of the Atlantic, the designer is planning a new collection and has been interviewing designers. Philo’s name has been mentioned frequently in connection with Azzedine Alaïa and a signature design project with an eco slant.
The bad news, the exact nature and timing of her project could not immediately be learned…
So, the waiting game continues.. In the meantime we continue to compare every new designer to Pheobe’s genius.. Will anyone ever make the cut?