It’s the rumor we have all tried to debunk, stave off, fake could not probably be actual; the information that nobody desires to write down, nor admit. But, as confirmed by WWD on Friday, the unlucky fact that Phoebe Philo would exit Céline has lastly come. After 10 years on the French label — an eternity in style — the British designer bids au revoir to her legacy. Her final assortment can be offered at Paris Fashion Week in March, for fall 2018.
“Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years,” she wrote in a press release obtained by WWD. “I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations… it’s been amazing.” Rumors of Philo’s exit have reverberated, season to season, main the business to ask not if it could occur, somewhat when. It would not make at present’s information any much less of a shock.
LVMH chief government Bernard Arnault echoed her departing phrases. “What Phoebe has completed over the previous ten years represents a key chapter within the historical past of Céline. We are very grateful to Phoebe for having contributed to the nice momentum of this Maison. A brand new period of improvement for Céline will now begin and I’m extraordinarily assured sooner or later success of this iconic Maison.” As for what’s subsequent stays unclear, however a supply conversant in the matter claims Philo won’t work for one more label; her successor is to be named within the coming months.
Philo leaves behind a novel and unparalleled legacy. In 1997, Philo moved to Paris from London (the place she attended Central Saint Martins) to hitch Stella McCartney at Chloé, finally taking on as inventive director in 2001. Just a number of years later, she was awarded British Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. After taking a two-year depart from the business to lift her second baby, Philo got here again, assuming the highest position at Céline, in 2008.
Her reclusion from the pomp and circumstance of the business (and e-commerce, till earlier this 12 months) carried over to her designs, the place her style for demure and traditional ready-to-wear noticed its personal style cult inside the business, with the gross sales to again it up. The jury’s nonetheless out on how precisely the style home will change beneath new route, however whoever takes over has extremely influential, infinitely stylish Stan Smiths to fill.
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