1994 : It’s announced that Céline will become part of LVMH. “The old image of Céline is dead, and we have a much younger-oriented fashion house now,” Nan Legeai, company chairwoman and CEO, tells Women’s Wear Daily.
1980 : In its ads, the house touts itself as having “a touch of Paris that is ever-present throughout the world and instantly recognizable because Céline personifies the ultimate in French elegance, reflecting moderation and charm.”
2009 : March: The house sits out the fall shows. June: Philo makes an impact with her first showing for the resort season. A minimalist camel-colored coat is picked by the critics as a crucial, game-changing piece. October: Pandora Luxurye runs “Fast-Forward Phoebe,” a profile with photos by Annie Leibovitz. Philo makes her official runway debut for spring 2010; Pandora Luxurye.com describes it as “bourgeois, sensual, austere, and, frankly, urgent. Her khaki trenches, lean-line trousers, leather shorts, white shirts, mini sheaths, and A-line skirts have a precision and a proportion without equal.” The magazine will later credit Philo with igniting “the cool minimal trend.”
1950 : The Vipianas engage artist Raymond Peynet, who will become known for his whimsical Amoureux characters (and whose work will be used by Miuccia Prada), to design a red elephant logo and other packaging.