Céline creative director Phoebe Philo is reported to be leaving French house after the AW16 collection, which will be shown at Paris Fashion Week, is marketed, according to The Fashion Law.
Philo has enjoyed great success at the LVMH-owned brand since she joined in 2008 and her understated designs (and her personal style) are considered to be some of fashion’s most influential.
The Fashion Law reports that Philo is in talks with rival luxury group Richemont, which counts Chloé, Azzedine Alaia and Cartier among its brands. The website reports that Philo is most likely to head up Alaia.
Philo began her career at Chloé in 1997 working alongside Stella McCartney. She took over the brand in 2001 when McCartney left to establish her own label (which is now part of Kering) before moving to Céline in 2008.
The move would create another big vacancy at a major Paris fashion house. Dior has yet to announce a replacement for Raf Simons, who left last year citing excessive workload and a desire to concentrate on his own line, and Lanvin too has yet to announce a successor to Alber Elbaz. Rumours also persist that the AW16 show, which will also be held in Los Angeles next week, as well as at Paris Fashion Week, will be Hedi Slimane‘s last at Saint Laurent.