It is being widely reported that creative director Phoebe Philo is preparing to exit Céline, thus, LVMH is interviewing designers in hopes of finding a replacement.
An anonymous source disclosed, “The interviews have been going on for a few months now,” while LVMH has been consistently denying that Philo is leaving the company, stating, “We categorically deny any imminent departure of Phoebe Philo from Céline.”
Another source has since come forward to note that Philo is expected to make her exit by the end of 2017.
Potential replacements for the Céline creative director include former Stella McCartney design director, Natasa Cagalj; design director of Céline ready-to-wear, Michael Rider; and design director at Victoria Beckham, Ilaria Icardi.
Philo joined Céline back in 2008, helping raise the label's annual sales from roughly $235 million USD to more than $800 million USD.
Earlier this year LVMH bought Christian Dior for $13 billion USD.