phoebe philo will stay at céline
Despite all the rumors to the contrary.
Forget everything you've read so far. According to an internal memo passed circulated throughout the Céline office this week, Phoebe Philo is reportedly not leaving the iconic French brand. The document, signed by chief executive office Marco Gobbetti and Philo herself, describes Philo and the brand as being "more motivated and committed than ever to their partnership and will continue to create beautiful products."
From mid-2015, rumors have been rife about Phoebe following in the footsteps of Raf Simons, Alber Elbaz and Stefano Pilati, who have each parted ways with their respective fashion house. Normally the rumor mill is pretty accurate; chatter predicted Pilati's departure from Zegna, Alessandro Sartori's return and Hedi Slimane's appointment as Creative Director at Saint Laurent way back when. However, Céline has squashed "dubious rumors" about Philo's departure, putting down to "lazy journalism." So for now, the fashion carousel remains still, but we wonder who will be next…
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