Where the much-lauded designer is going, no one knows

While many of us were traveling, cooking or enjoying family time, LVMH dropped some bombshell news: Phoebe Philo is leaving Céline, where she has been creative director for nearly a decade. The move had been rumored for months, if not years, but not it’s finally official. According to Vogue, her last Céline collection will be Pre-Fall 2018, which will be presented to press in Paris in January.

There’s no word on where she’ll eventually property, but this exit is her own choice and the popular feeling appears to be that she’ll probably take some time off before returning to fashion. That forecast is in line with the leave she took after bowing out at Chloé to care for her young children. No matter Philo does we expect she’ll be back soon.Two things: First, you’re probably sick of seeing all the exact same things in shops that you’ve seen for months, the majority of which is currently included in picked-over revenue. Secondly, small leather products make excellent gifts, because who could not use a new wallet or coin purse? To kill those two birds with one stone, we bring you the Céline Spring 2018 accessories set, which has just arrived in boutiques.There are not any big surprises in the way of new lines, but the favorite Frame Bags have been shrunken down once again, this time into a tiny keychain/coin bag hybrid I find very tempting. Additionally, the designs you’ll find below are only in-bag bits; throughout its latest website redesign, Céline shuffled listings out of its series pockets over to the handbag department also, so we included them in our post regarding the collection’s bags.

It’s difficult to overstate how important Philo’s tenure at Céline has been to the accessories world in the last decade; she’s presided over an impressive number of hits at the brand, including both attention-getting It Bags like the Luggage Tote and the recently discontinued Trapeze Bag, as well as more subtle, workaday options like the bestselling Trio Bag and Cabas Tote.

Before she was at Céline, Philo oversaw Chloé during the era of the Paddington and Silverado bags, so her next move will be of enormous interest to anyone who loves bags—she has an unrivaled track record of modern hits. There’s no word on where she’ll eventually land, but this exit is her own choice and the popular feeling seems to be that she’ll likely take some time off before returning to fashion. That prediction is in line with the leave she took after bowing out at Chloé to look after her young children. Whatever Philo does, we hope she’ll be back soon.