Phoebe Philo Is Leaving Céline
LVMH announced today that Phoebe Philo would be stepping down as the creative director of Céline. Philo has held the post since 2008; in her roughly 10 years at its helm, she remade Céline as the label for unfussy, minimally chic, professional women. You could tell a Céline customer from miles away from the just-so cut of a trench or the bag hung over her arm. During Philo’s tenure, Céline has had not one, but many hit bags—successes from the much-copied Luggage tote to the multi-pocket Trio to the oversize Cabas.
Prior to reinvigorating Céline, Philo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1996 and worked at Chloé from 1997 to 2006, assuming the role of creative director in 2001 when Stella McCartney left to start her own label. Philo took a two-year reprieve from fashion in 2006 to raise her young children, and has in the past shifted the timing and location of her Céline shows to accommodate her pregnancies and children’s needs.
The names of several current and former designers under Philo have been bandied about to assume the creative director position at Céline, but nothing has been confirmed by LVMH. The brand’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection, to be presented to the press in Paris in January, will be Philo’s last collection. As for where Philo is off to next, it’s anyone’s guess—and they’ll be guessing, for sure.