Celine has become one of the most visible brands on the planet, but its super talented designer Phoebe Philo has always remained discreetly behind the scenes - giving very few interviews and only rarely showing up at fashion industry events, usually only to humbly accept a major award. I love a woman with a bit of mystery around her, don't you? Who does she hang out with? Who inspires her? How does she always know exactly the way women want to dress? One clue to her success is that she appears to do things on her own terms - leaving her job at Chloe to focus on raising her family, insisting that her studio remain in her hometown of London rather than Paris, canceling her last runway show in anticipation of the arrival of her third child. It would seem that because she prioritizes her life as a working mom and wife, she is able to understand the reality of women's lives in a way that makes her unique as a designer. Coming across the following photos reinforces my admiration of her life choices, her career and her personal style. They are the very definition of chic.