PHILO LEAVES CHLOE confirmed this morning that Phoebe Philo has resigned as creative director of the label. "I am grateful to the House of Chloe for giving me the opportunity to develop as a designer and to serve as its creative director for the past four years," said Philo, who joined the house in 1997 with Stella McCartney before taking over the top job in 2001. "Chloe is a beautiful house with a great history, and I am proud to have worked alongside the wonderfully talented people there. My decision to resign is for personal reasons, including especially to spend more time with my new baby in the coming months. I want to thank the House of Chloe, the Richemont Group and of course Ralph Toledano for their support and their understanding of my decision. These past years have been exciting for all of us, and I wish the company all the best success in the future." Chairman and ceo of Chloe, Ralph Toledano, added, "We thank Phoebe for her contribution. We respect her choice to focus on her family at this point in her life, and wish her all the best." The house design team, made up of Sara Jowett, Natasha Lee, Valeska Duetsch, Adrian Appiolaza and Yvan Mispelaere, is expected to put together the forthcoming autumn/winter 2006-7 show due in March just as they did for this winter's collection while Philo was on maternity leave. The spotlight is now on Roland Mouret, who walked out of his London-based company two months ago, and is widely expected to step into Philo's shoes. No comment has yet been made from either Chloe or Mouret to corroborate the rumours, however.