This is my ode to Phoebe Philo, the current creative director of Celine. She changed the way women dress in her own way. I dont know what came first : her leadership or the minimalist aesthetic that is the current trend. “I find mediocrity hard. I find that whole area difficult. I’m a very passionate person; I care very much about what I do. I believe I give it a lot, so it’s gotta be good; otherwise, what’s the point?”, she once said in an interview. And style isnt about the clothes. Its about how you wear them, what you do and the life lived. How inspiring !
I absolutely adore this image of her. I love her glowing skin. I love how feminine she looks wearing a boyish outfit. She does not look preppy. I love the casualness of her pants. Like that they are not denim. Shoes are worn in, like all good shoes should be. Her silk button up, worn like a tshirt. Buttoned all the way up, … She came up from backstage, took her shy bow and went right back to work.
Yohji put in words better than I ever could :
“For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.”
“In my philosophy, the word androgyny doesn’t have any meaning. I think there is no difference between men and women. We are different in body, but sense, spirit and soul are the same“
….why, then, should women be condemned to wear close fitting clothes, to exhibit their skin, to endure pushed-up busts and other microscopic or tight garments?
“I like it when there’s air between the garment and the body.“
“I sense a kind of sacredness when I see a women absorbed in her work. My clothes are dedicated to working women like these, not inactive women who stay at home.“