Phoebe Philo To Exit Celine

It has been announced that after months of speculation and rumours, Phoebe Philo is leaving Céline. Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, who owns Céline, said: “What Phoebe has accomplished over the past 10 years represents a key chapter in the history of Céline. We are very grateful to Phoebe for having contributed to the great momentum of this Maison. A new era of development for Céline will now start, and I am extremely confident in the future success of this iconic Maison.”

Having led the Maison for the last decade as artistic director, her last collection will be Pre-Fall 2018 presented in January. We wonder whether the 44 year-old designer will take a much needed break - as she did when she departed Chloé in 2006 - or take her clean lines and masculine femininity ethos to another brand? We can’t help but think the timed departure of Burberry’s Christopher Bailey is a little too coincidental... Watch this space...