Did you feel your heart breaking when Raf Simons left Dior’s creative direction? Well, get ready to mend the pieces of your broken heart once again, as another fashion designer is reportedly leaving another French haute couture Maison. According to kind of insistent rumors at this point, Phoebe Philo is planning to step down from Céline’s creative direction once she completes showing and marketing the upcoming Céline fall/winter 2016 collection, as she is looking for leaving the LVHM company for good (speaking of déjà vù).
At the helm of Céline’s creative direction since 2006, rumors of Philo’s possible departure have been actually circulating around since August last year, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Philo herself (nor by the LVHM headquarters). Given the fact that it was under Philo’s direction that Céline became once again one of the most copied, influential, talked-about and overall most successful labels of the past (almost) decade, her departure could really result in Céline’s landing in deep waters for a while.
She better defined what minimal (and profitable) luxe should be all about, and her latest collections particularly gained a big army of followers among the entertainment industry’s most fashionable personalities. Her it bags, such as the Luggage and the Trapeze Mini, will forever be honorary members in the Hall of Fashion, having basically revolutionized the entire label’s spirit.
There are at least two big questions at this point: why is Phoebe Philo (reportedly) thinking of leaving Céline? And what fashion house is she going to join?
Phoebe Philo, who quickly made a name for herself after she first started her designing career at Chloé alongside Stella McCartney in 1997, is said to be willing to depart from Céline for a reason similar to the one that made her step down from Chloé’s creative direction as well: spending more time with her beloved family (whose members live in England). That shouldn’t be surprising at all; Philo is well-known for always putting family first, as also proven by her decision to opt out of a fashion show, after delivering her third baby, in 2012. She even works from a townhouse near to her family home in London, instead of staying at Céline’s studios in Paris.
According to a Page Six, Philo was discussing similar roles at Azzedine Alaïa and Cartier, owned by luxury firm Richemont, in August 2015 (ironically, Richmont owns Chloé as well. What a homecoming that would be!). Sources however now confirm that she will most likely take the position at Alaïa (which is Paris-based too, so things apparently won’t stop being tricky in terms of relocations).
Although it won’t wholly solve Philo’s problem, Alaïa could result in letting her having way more relaxed schedules, as the label is notably less strict in terms of calendar (Azzedine Alaïa, founder of Alaïa, is known for being camera-shy and prone to following his own fashion rules, mainly ignoring fashion schedules). Sadly, this also means that those who were hoping for Philo to take over as Dior’s creative direction position should pin their hopes on someone else.
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