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Founded in Paris in 1945 when Céline and Richard Vipiana opened a custom shoe shop for children, Céline’s modern incarnation really dates back to the 60s when the couple began selling adult footwear, handbags and eventually a women's ready-to-wear collection. Throughout each of their collections, the Vipinans purveyed the ultimate in French elegance, reflecting moderation and charm. In 1994, the label was acquired by LVMH, who named Michael Kors its first-ever women's ready-to-wear designer three years later. It would be before 2008 that former Chloé designer Phoebe Philo took the helm as Creative Director and re-imagined the house entirely, bringing it to the fashion forefront as one of the highest regarded creative platforms in the industry. Since then Céline has been celebrated for its clean lines and superior sense of structuring but not least for taking risks, amongst them stilettos wrapped in yellow fur and laundry bag dresses.


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