December 26, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
What’s Next for Céline and Phoebe Philo?
PARIS — Now that it’s clear that change ushered in by 2018 will include the departure of longtime Céline creative head Phoebe Philo, attention has turned to who will replace her and what’s next for the famously discreet fashion star.
According to a source with knowledge of the matter, Philo will not work for another label in the near future and her successor at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned house will be named in the coming months.
While speculation in recent weeks has centered around the possibility she could follow the label’s former chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti to Burberry, a source told WWD that talk of such a move is not true.
“She wants to take a break, as she has done in the past,” the person said, citing the designer’s three-year hiatus after resigning from Chloé in 2006 and noting the emphasis she places on her private life.
Although WWD reported last month that Philo was spotted early one morning at Burberry’s Horseferry House headquarters in London, those close to her say she does not want to work at the British brand.
Burberry declined to comment on Friday.
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