It might be another end of an era for Céline as speculations have surfaced that its creative director Phoebe Philo will be leaving the brand. According to the sources at Business of Fashion, the design team and LVMH (the multinational conglomerate who houses Céline) are beginning to interview potential replacements who will take over the brand.
Since her appointment in 2008, Phoebe Philo has managed to turn the label from an underachieving brand into an iconic French luxury house.
This 2017, there were several exits of brand creative directors. But while there were plenty of stops in fashion reigns, Spring 2018 is facing a fresh beginning with 5 new creative directors on the front lines.
In case you missed it, here are the new head honchos who debuted their collections for Spring 2018:
1. Claire Waight-Keller for GIVENCHY
Since Riccardo Tisci’s departure, Claire Waight-Keller, former creative director of Chloé, has been triumphing at Fashion Week as Givenchy’s first female designer. Her debut collection for Spring 2018 featured a subtle athletic charm and strong-shouldered confidence (literally). In addition to the latest range, Waight-Keller also created a campaign featuring black and white mood boards shot by Steven Meisel, which jumpstarts Givenchy’s darker and sultrier aesthetic.
2. Jamie Mizrahi for JUICY COUTURE
With an impressive client list of big names like Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, and Suki Waterhouse, celebrity stylist Jamie Mizrahi now takes over Juicy Couture, which is known for its 90s-00s aesthetic–think bedazzled tracksuits in velvet. However, the stylist moves forward from the nostalgic zeitgeist to a modern spin on athleisure. For Spring, Mizrahi elevated sportswear with fluid, layered numbers and dressy, textured pieces, while keeping the brand’s tracksuit game.
3. Olivier Lapidus for LANVIN
For his debut collection, Olivier Lapidus delved right into the logomania trend. According to Fashionista, the designer plans to recreate Lanvin into an all-encompassing brand that caters to the affluent jet-setters and high-end sportswear enthusiasts. His designs for Spring truly embodied his business mindset with classic black dresses and rompers emblazoned with the word “Lanvin”.
4. Natacha Ramsay-Levi for CHLOÉ
After the reign of Claire Waight-Keller, it’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s turn to incorporate her chic French girl style to the luxury womenswear line. Her debut range for Chloé was nothing short of special as it spoke of femininity and strength. It was a combination of whimsicality and sophistication with Ramsay-Levi’s fusion of dark leathers, florals, and flowy capelets.
5. Jean-Paul Goude for DESIGUAL
Desigual recently appointed visual artist and photographer Jean-Paul Goude as its first artistic director. The artist is responsible for Kim Kardashian’s oiled-up Paper Magazine cover that broke the internet in 2014. With his creativity, it wasn’t surprising when Desigual’s Spring presentation came out playful and off-beat. Instead of a traditional fashion show, Goude staged a performance with dancers on the catwalk along with colorful, jungle-inspired looks.