This morning we heard that Chanel’s innovative creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, had parted ways with the fashion house and we kind of freaked out a little bit. After all, he’s the man who season after season (since 2008) has been creating the beauty products–not to mention amazing runway looks–that everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on. But it turns out that he’s not really leaving Chanel completely. (Whew!)
Earlier Grazia reported that Philips had resigned, and included a statement from Chanel which read:
Peter Philips, as Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, has brought his talent, creativity and vision to CHANEL makeup and made women dream, the world over. After five successful years, Peter Philips has decided to return to a more independent position continuing his work as an artist collaborating with the best photographers, stylists and models for editorials and projects such as Chanel fashion shows.
The Chanel Makeup Studio, which has supported him during his tenure, will ensure the continuity, the creativity and the quality of the Brand’s makeup products and collections. Peter Philips has left an indelible mark on Chanel Makeup and his contribution to the Brand is an important part of the CHANEL legacy. He will remain a cherished friend and contributor to the House of Chanel.
We reached out to Chanel to clarify, and it turns out that Philips will still be doing makeup for Chanel’s runway shows, ad campaigns, and other “special projects.” He is giving up his role in product development at Chanel, however, to focus more on his editorial work. So what that means is the team there–and presumably a new creative director at some point–will be developing all the new products (including the always-must-have nail polish colors), rather than Philips.
We can’t wait to see more of Philips work out there in the world, and are relieved that he’ll continue to create amazing looks for the brand’s runway and campaigns.