Is A New Team Coming To CĂ©line? It’s Being Reported That Phoebe Philo Is Looking To Leave The House

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CĂ©line Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear.

The changes at fashion houses aren’t slowing down anytime soon. There could be some major changes coming to CĂ©line.

Back in July, reported that Christoper Bailey stepped down as Burberry CEO. He will become president and chief creative officer. Burberry has appointed Marco Gobbetti chief executive officer. Gobbetti was chairman and CEO of Céline, a position he has held since 2008. He worked in the industry for more than 20 years, having previously worked at Givenchy and Moschino (see it here).

Last week, Loewe appointed former Céline executive Pascale Lepoivre as its new CEO, joining creative director Jonathan Anderson at the helm of the house.

Lepoivre, who has been at CĂ©line since 2007 managing the fashion house’s product operation and strategic development, oversaw the house’s reinvigoration under Phoebe Philo‘s creative direction, working under former CEO Marco Gobbetti. Prior to that, Lepoivre was director of the fashion and leather goods product division at Louis Vuitton.

Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH MoĂ«t Hennessy Louis Vuitton – which owns both CĂ©line and Loewe, and a stake in Anderson’s eponymous fashion house JW Anderson – told WWD that Lepoivre‘s experience in product development would work well at the house on Anderson‘s watch.

The business is doing super well,” he said. “He’s bringing a very interesting, fresh vision and at the same time, one that’s very coherent with Loewe. We’re very excited with the project.”

Now it is once again being reported that CĂ©line‘s creative director, Phoebe Philo was looking to leave the French luxury brand. Back in February, we reported that Philo was leaving the LVMH-owned brand (see it here) and a day later, we reported an updated story saying that Philo was “committedCĂ©line and she wasn’t leaving (see it here).

Last week, Roussel  told WWD that there is “a very strong product team [in place] at Céline and we will soon be making some announcements about the team. We have some very good people joining the project, besides the CEO role.”

Philo was reportedly offered Raf Simons’ former position at Dior following his departure last year, but the parties encountered difficulties in closing the deal when Philo insisted upon bringing her team with her to Dior. Eventually, Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed Christian Dior‘s new artistic director, the first women to hold the position in the French house’s 70-year history (see it here).

Stay tuned as this story develops!


CĂ©line Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear.


CĂ©line Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear.

Photos Credit: Monica Feudi / Courtesy of Céline


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