Phoebe Philo May Be Leaving Céline

Phoebe Philo May Be Leaving Céline

Phoebe Philo may be planning her departure from fashion house Céline, marking the end of an epic era.

Phoebe Philo may be planning her departure from fashion house Céline, marking the end of an epic era.

Text: Cassidy Morrison

In 2008, Phoebe Philo transformed Céline from a mere brand into a luxury French label with a cult following. However, the Philo's era may  be coming to an end. Sources report that LVMH is interviewing designers to replace Philo, though the company denies her departure is impending.

“We categorically deny any imminent departure of Phoebe Philo from Céline,” said a spokesman for LVMH. An internal memo said to have been circulated earlier in the year asserted that Philo would remain in her position.

LVMH is currently searching for a designer to take Philo’s place in the event of her exit. The company denies her leaving, though is not denying that the interviewing process is taking place. Prospective replacements include former Stella McCartney design director Natasa Cagalj, “who is now at Ports 1961 and has a similar aesthetic,” according to Business of Fashion. Other prospective designers include Michael Rider, design director of Céline ready-to-wear and Ilaria Icardi, design director Victoria Beckham, who was senior design director at Yves Saint Laurent and Céline.

Philo was the mastermind behind many of Céline’s most popular handbags. According to Business of Fashion, “Over the past decade, she helped lift the label’s annual sales from €200 million to more than €700 million.”

Like fellow fashion giant Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo got her start at Chloé in 1997. Credited for boosting Chloé’s sales revenues, Philo then took three years to focus on family in 2005. Since joining Céline in 2008, however, Philo has caused a meteoric rise in Céline’s prestige. In an industry with a relatively high turnover rate, Philo has racked up an impressive tenure at the fashion house. If sources are correct, maybe she is looking forward to her next blockbuster success.

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