Phoebe Philo Is Leaving Céline, But She Is Not Going to Azzedine Alaïa

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Last summer, heard a rumor saying that Phoebe Philo, creative director of Céline was leaving the French fashion house. Last week, another rumor surfaced (which we did not believe) saying that Philo will take over the reins at Azzedine Alaïa, owed by Richemont.

In a statement, Azzedine Alaïa S.A.S. formally denied any changes in the creative direction of Maison Alaïa.

Philo is indeed stepping down from her post as creative director at Céline (owned by LVMH) after the Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which is being presented in Paris next month.

The 43-year-old British designer started out at Chloé alongside Stella McCartney in 1997 and then joined Céline in 2008. She is credited for revamping the once-tired Parisian house with her signature brand of luxury minimalism. Philo is considered one of the most talented and influential designers in the world.

Years ago, before I was in college, pursuing my degree in journalism, it was speculated that Philo was primed to take over at Chanel, which was a bit sketchy because Karl Lagerfeld has a lifetime contract with the label.

With that being said, there are still positions up for grabs at Dior, Saint Laurent and Lanvin.

Stay tuned to for Philo‘s next move.


All images in this post are from Céline Resort 2016 collection.

Photos Credit: Courtesy of Céline

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