© Reuters. THE DESIGNER PHOEBE PHILO LEFT CELINE (LVMH)
PARIS (Reuters) – Phoebe Philo, creative director of Celine since 2008, leaves the mark of ready-to-wear high-end that it has profoundly renewed.
“Phoebe Philo will leave his role as artistic director for Celine in January 2018,” announced Friday its parent LVMH (PA:LVMH).
The collection autumn-winter 2018, which will be presented in January by Celine will be the last under the direction of Phoebe Philo, who has made the shoe one of the iconic brands of the world number one in luxury with a style that is both minimalist and avant-garde.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, thanked the designer for his “exceptional contribution” to Celine : “Phoebe wrote, in the last ten years, a key chapter in the story of Céline. We are very grateful to have contributed to the large growth of this house,” he said in a press release.
LVMH does not provide any indication on the creator who will take the estate of Phoebe Philo nor the timing of his succession.
Reuters had previously learnt from a source close to the folder that the creative british had decided to take a break, believing to have accomplished his mission at Céline, and would not reach another claw in the immediate future.
The source also denied recent rumors that reported a departure of Phoebe Philo in Burberry (LON:BRBY).
Phoebe Philo had already marked a break in his career between 2006 and 2008, to devote himself to his family.
(Pascale Denis and Dominique Rodriguez, edited by Yves Clarisse)