Phoebe Philo named influential person

Phoebe Philo has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

The British designer is the creative director of Céline and will be honored by the magazine at its party to celebrate the list on Tuesday in New York City.

Phoebe joined fashion house Chloé shortly after she graduated in 1996, where she worked as Stella McCartney’s first assistant. Stella has penned a piece, which praises Phoebe for the publication.

“One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe,” she wrote, according to WWD. “When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.”

Stella also chatted about when they first met, which was at London’s Central Saint Martins design school. They bonded very quickly and have been good friends ever since.

Each year, those who make it onto Time’s iconic list are introduced via a piece penned by someone close to them. Also making the grade this year is Natalie Massenet, who founded online fashion store Net-a-Porter. J. Crew’s Jenna Lyon’s took the reins for her, gushing about her foresight.

“The word visionary is lofty, overused. Somewhat abused. There are few people who can really see something that doesn’t exist. Create it. Explain it. And get others to follow. Natalie Massenet is, in fact, that visionary,” she wrote.

“The worlds of fashion and commerce have changed dramatically in the past ten years, in part because of a woman who likens herself to a lazy rock. I’m buying stock in rocks.”

The full list will be unveiled online today and is split into sections such as artists and entertainers and heroes and icons.

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