>> The much-missed Phoebe Philo is finally back in a big way — this time, she's taking the reins at Celine. Her new appointment has been rumored for some time now, but now it's officially official.
Phoebe is widely credited for putting Chloe into the big leagues, and the hopes are the same for her at Celine — "full creative renewal of the product." She starts her new post in October and will present her first Celine collection next March for Fall 2009, but her runway debut won't be until the Spring 2010 season.
Before settling on Celine, Phoebe is said to have put out feelers about launching a signature fashion house, but potential backers were reluctant, especially due to hefty salary and other demands, and no deal was made. Hopefully Celine turns out to be the right placement for her, in these revolving door times.