Phoebe Philo (L) with Kyle Minogue in an undated file photo
Phoebe Philo (L) with Kyle Minogue in an undated file photo

PARIS, Sep 7, 2008 / FW/ — The most exciting news to hit the airwaves before Paris Fashion Week Spring 2009 season is that fashion’s it girl Phoebe Philo has accepted the position of Creative Director of Celine, LVMH announced Friday.

Credited as being in the heart of the revival of Chloe as its Creative Director from 2001 to 2006, wherein during that time, she masterminded the introduction of new ranges including leather accessories, which at the time of her departure in 2006 made up a large per cent of the brand’s global turnover.

Commenting on her new appointment, Phoebe Philo said “This is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can’t wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand.”

Ms. Philo will start in her new post beginning October 2008.

On the same announcement, LVMH also revealed that Marco Gobbetti has been appointed President and Managing Director of CELINE. He replaces Serge Brunschwig who becomes Chief Operating Officer of Dior Couture having made a very significant contribution to Celine.

Gobbetti, currently President and Managing Director of GIVENCHY, will aim to reinforce the creative content and image of the brand whilst accelerating its growth.

Since February 2004, Marco Gobbetti has led Givenchy Couture, working alongside Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director, to reposition the brand and lay solid foundations for future growth. Marco Gobbetti will continue to oversee Givenchy Couture until his successor is announced.

Marco Gobbetti commented: “I am delighted to work with Phoebe on this exciting new project. The brand has enormous potential with its global presence and the quality of its team.”

The current Creative Director, Ivana Omazic will be leaving the CELINE business to pursue other interests. Ivana, has worked with CELINE for three years.

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