This week, we saw a softer side to the fashion heavyweight that is LVMH. The parent company of French luxury house Celine announced that the A/W 12 runway show, due to be held on March 4th during Paris fashion week, has been cancelled, replaced instead with a low key presentation.
The reason? Creative director Phoebe Philo is seven months pregnant with her third child. As Marco Gobbetti told Women's Wear Daily, 'a runway show is a very demanding and personal engagement for a creative director', and while she will attend the presentation to promote her new collection, a full-on catwalk show would put too much of a strain on the designer.
With an asset like Philo, who has turned Celine into one of the most desired labels of the minute in just a few seasons, it is unsurprising that LVMH want to do everything they can to keep her happy and healthy. Her new minimalist aesthetic has captured the attention of fashion editors across the board, with Philo winning International Designer of the Year at the 2011 CFDA Awards.