When Celine's parent company, LVMH, announced that the French fashion house's creative director of a decade was to depart, many were shocked. To say that Phoebe Philo had gained a cult following is likely an understatement. I count myself as one of the many fans of her cerebrally minimalist designs. So when her successor, Hedi Slimane, presented his first Celine collection last week during Paris Fashion Week—a predictably sharp departure from the house's previous aesthetic—I identified with the outpouring of "Philophiles" who expressed their loss for Philo's designs all over social media.
In the present-day fashion world, change is not only inevitable but frequent and jolting. Yet the concept that Philo presented at Celine spoke so deeply and to so many modern women that this particular changing of the guards cuts deeper than most. Though the end of this particular era in fashion may have come to a close, there are always fresh voices emerging to fill the space.
I've found a similar ethos in each of these seven fashion brands that mirror how Phoebe Philo's designs for Celine used to make me feel—imbued with a quiet sense of confidence and power. If you, too, are searching for new brands to ease the pain of losing Philo, keep reading to discover and shop the labels I'll be investing in.