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Phoebe Philo Doesn't Consider House DNA When Designing Celine, Rejects Internet Use

Phoebe Philo Would Rather "Walk Down the Street Naked" Than Join Facebook


>> Phoebe Philo
says that “about half her wardrobe” is now Celine, but when she was considering heading up the label — which at the time was thought to be something of a lost cause — she found that “Celine certainly didn’t mean very much to me.”

But Philo considered Celine's lack of signature an asset, she explained to the Financial Times: “When I was deciding whether or not to take the job at Celine, I didn’t really look at the history of the house. I had other offers to come back but they weren’t right, or they wouldn’t let me stay in London, which was non-negotiable. But this would, and I liked the fact the name didn’t stand for anything any more. Yes, the stakes were higher, because everyone was looking at me, and competition is fiercer because of what happened with the economy, but I also felt: it’s really not relevant to me what Celine has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there . . . I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking, ‘Is this Celine?’”

Unlike a number of designers who are beginning to embrace the Internet, Philo also doesn't spend a lot of time online — she prefers watching the news and reading newspapers in bed. At the thought of joining Facebook, she says: “I couldn’t think of anything worse. I’d rather walk down the street naked. I don’t use it and I don’t communicate with my friends like that. I just don’t have the desire to have that much contact with anyone who isn’t my family and friends.”

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