Hang on tight to your Luggage tote because one of fashion’s most beloved designers is stepping down from her post. WWD confirmed Friday that Phoebe Philo is leaving Céline after serving for 10 years as the French luxury brand’s creative director. The label’s Fall 2018 collection, which will be shown next March, will be Philo’s last for the label.
“Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years. I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations…it’s been amazing,” the British designer, who previously worked under Stella McCartney at Chloé before taking over as that brand’s creative director in 2001, wrote in a statement to her team, per WWD.
The LVMH group reportedly has yet to name Philo’s successor. In the meantime, the rest of the Céline team will pick up the slack and create the brand’s next collection together. A source with knowledge of the situation told WWD that Philo will not immediately join another label. Similarly, when she left Chloé in 2006, rather than jumping straight into her work at Céline, Philo took a two-year break from her career in order to raise her young children.