The Celine timeline
97 – 04′ Michael Kors
05′ Roberto Menichetti
06 – 08′ Ivana Omazic
09′ Phoebe Philo
Nowdadays, fashion houses change their new creative directors faster than the deadline of their grace period. I was starting to like Paulo’s work for Chloé but he left after three shows. I loved Peter Dundas for Ungaro too. And then there was Lars Nilsson for Ferré, he didn’t even stay long enough churn out a show.
At Celine, LVMH just tapped Phoebe Philo of Chloé fame to be the creative director of the house. I have been constantly checking her thread at TheFashionSpot for years now and finally, it’s been confirmed that she is back.
But then I wonder, can Phoebe make trenches as sleek as Ivana’s? Isn’t her aesthetics ”effortless chic” (think tons of chiffon)? In fact, Celine’s look has been changing so much, if Phoebe comes, it’s more like a ‘just being it on!’ thing.
Firstly Michael Kors starting this American sportswear jet-setting vibe, then Roberto Menichetti took over and showed nothing? Because that two shows didn’t speak much. Mid 05′ Ivana came, it has been three years, some of her stuff have been deemed borderline boring (that SS08 collection). Her work has been very hit-and miss, but it was enough to help the company break even. Sarah Mower started the review for her latest effort like this: ”Celine is one of those minor-league labels that, in the absence of any fixed identity of its own, is destined to play along with the trends in order to keep up its claim to being a part of things”… Who wouldn’t panic if you see the words minor-leagued?
So come March 2009, let Celine be one of the most anticipated shows in Paris.