Phoebe Philo gets New Year's Honour

The Celine creative director started off 2014 on the right track – Phoebe Philo was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire

British designer Phoebe Philo ©AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Phoebe Philo has a new accessory - a shiny OBE title to tack onto the end of her name. The British fashion designer, currently creative director at Parisian luxury brand Céline, was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to fashion.

The creative director of Céline since 2008, Philo has been rewarded by the British government in its annual New Year's Honours List for her trendsetting design talents, which have both led a transformation of the label and helped usher in an era of slick fashion minimalism in the wider industry. The designer was previously creative director of Chloé from 2001 until 2006.

Philo was joined in the list by makeup legend Pat McGrath, who was named an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion and beauty industry. McGrath has worked with Prada, Gucci, and Dolce and Gabbana among many others, and received critical adulation for her runway looks designed to complement Raf Simons's recent marvels at Christian Dior. - AFP RELAXNEWS

Left: Celine Spring/Summer 2014 ©AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET