Few designers manage to dictate the sartorial choices of a generation. Phoebe Philo is one of them. The Chloé veteran has nearly single-handedly managed to influence the wardrobe of women of a range of ages since she took the helm of Céline in 2008.
Invisible. That is what Phoebe Philo’s clothes for Céline make you feel. Not romantic, like Valentino. Simply invisible. A woman in a perfectly cut shirt and a pair of pants. Despite Philo’s many best efforts, there is a Céline uniform: large, slouchy trousers; a collarless shirt; flats; a tuxedo jacket — preferably in navy, black or cream. The clothes are quiet and not meant to make a statement. And so you look invisible. Able to be viewed for more than your surface appearance. This is power dressing.