Philo, the label’s creative director, is rumored to be leaving after nine years

It’s not the first time there have been rumors of Phoebe Philo departing Céline, but this time it seems that the rumors might be true. Anonymous sources that spoke to Business of Fashion say that Céline has reportedly been interviewing designers over the last few months to replace Philo by the end of the year.

Hypebeast reports that Stella McCartney’s former design director Natasa Cagalj or Victoria Beckham’s Ilaria Icardi could be potential candidates. Her spring/summer ‘18 collection showed the designer in top form with pieces that were discreet, eloquently practical — and very Céline chic.

Vogue’s Sarah Mower gave the collection rave reviewsThe wardrobe Phoebe Philo builds on, season after season, is what so many members of the professional class of women who attend Céline shows—and thousands beyond—actually do rely on to get by in daily life…It’s the quality and the craftsmanship that make Céline so incredible. It’s fashion that squares the circle by being non-disposable—of the moment yet timeless. Bravo.

Could the collection have been Philo’s final pièce de résistance? We’re waiting with bated breath.


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