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Is Phoebe Philo leaving Céline?

Surfacing rumours suggest the designer will exit the house later this year after an eight year reign as creative director

Another day, another fashion rumour. Indicative of an industry refusing to slow down, reports today from The Fashion Law suggest Phoebe Philo will exit from her role as creative director of Celiné after she completes marketing the upcoming AW16 collection.

After joining the Parisian house in 2008, Philo has fast transformed the label into one of the most successful labels in the industry, securing a reputation as one of the most influential names in fashion.

The rumour first surfaced in August last year, with Page Six reporting the designer, who started her career at Chloé in 1997, was looking for a ‘way out’ of the LVMH owned company. The Page Six reports now echo the latest whispers that Philo is in discussions with luxury firm Richement, owner’s of Alaïa, the label The Fashion Law report outlines as her possible next career move.

If she does end up parting ways with the house after an eight-year reign, Philo will join an increasingly long list of designers defecting from brands in recent months.  Names including Raf Simons at Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, and most recently Stefano Pilati at Zegna all leaving their posts in recent succession; while designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Kris Van Assche close their eponymous labels for good. With new announcements seemingly made on a near weekly basis, reports of industry turmoil and a backlash against the breakneck speed of fashion seem less of a surprise with every departure.

But whether this latest rumour turns out to be true or otherwise, one thing for certain is that the news will only add fire to the flames on an already heated debate as to what we can do to change the pace of fashion.

We have reached out to a representative for the house who is yet to comment.