First there was Dior’s Raf Simons, then Alber Elbaz from Lanvin, followed by Alexander Wang from Balenciaga and the closure of Jonathan Saunder’s eponymous label. Now, we may have to bid adieu to yet another fashion designer — Céline’s Phoebe Philo.
According to a report by fashion news website The Fashion Law, Philo will be stepping down as creative director of the French label once its Fall/Winter 2016 collection has been marketed.
For Philo fans, this news should come as no surprise. The designer famously ended her five-year run at Chloé in 2006 to spend more time with her family, after which she took a two-year break before joining Céline in 2008. At Céline, Philo had the freedom of working from her home in London and only flying to Paris for fashion shows, but this has proven to not be enough.
A report from news site Page Six cites ‘industry chatter’ that suggests Philo is “getting bored of [Céline’s parent company] LVMH and being in Paris so much. She wants to stay more with her family.”
Since her start in 1997 as Stella McCartney’s design assistant at Chloé, Philo has proven to be one of this generation’s most beloved designers for her maximal-minimalist aesthetic that’s coveted by women everywhere. She has been credited for reviving Céline, and evolving it into one of fashion’s favourite brands. She even clinched a spot on Time magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2014.
No doubt, Céline’s loss of Philo will definitely be a hard hit for the brand. But for the rest of us, this will not be the last time we’ll be seeing her. Rumours are flying that the designer might be heading back to Chloé, or starting anew at Azzedine Alaïa or Cartier.
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