After stepping down as Chloe’s creative director – she took over for Stella McCartney in 2001 – to spend more time with her family, Phoebe Philo will be back for the resort 2009-2010 season, when she will present her debut collection for Celine (she is replacing Ivana OmaziÄ‡).
A month after Philo’s September 2008 appointment by LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, Celine acquired a new CEO, Marco Gobbetti, who came to the label from Givenchy. Almost immediately, talks began of rumored discord between Philo and Gobbetti.
Despite any possible disagreements, the collection is slated to go on and Philo has been quoted as saying that “this is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can’t wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand, get customers excited about the product and work with a team that’s incredibly serious and passionate about their work.”