In more news of the sudden departures of creative directors, LVMH announced today that Phoebe Philo will be stepping down as the creative director of Céline. Philo has immutably shaped what the label has become — the label for very chic and very unfussy women. The architecture of Philo’s designs is unmistakable, from the buttery silhouette of the Luggage tote to the Céline trench.
No replacements have been announced by LVMH, though several designers who’ve worked under Philo are being discussed. The label’s Fall 2018 collection will be her last, and Philo’s future plans are anyone’s guess. Prior to Céline, Philo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1996 and worked at Chloé from 1997 to 2006. She assumed the position of creative director in 2001 when Stella McCartney left to start her own label.
From making Joan Didion the star of Céline’s spring/summer 2015 campaign to creating the glove shoe to spring/summer 2011’s silky Pyjama shirts, worn by one Kanye West on stage at Coachella, Philo made Céline into a powerhouse cultural influence.