She's Got the Look

Street-smart and rebellious, Phoebe Philo has made the house of Chloe hotter than ever. Introducing the go-to girl with the golden gut

In movies, it's Natalie Portman. In music, it's Norah Jones. And in fashion it's Phoebe Philo. "It," in this case, refers to a woman who, without much hype or hoopla, emerges as the leader of the pack in her field, the swan the others paddle behind like cygnets. All three women are young and down to earth. And everybody wants a piece of them, or in Philo's case, as many pieces--bags, skirts, dresses--as they can afford. But unlike Portman or Jones, Philo is not yet a household name. She is the 31-year-old creative director of the so-venerable-it's-fresh-again French label Chloé. And...

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