Peter Philips reveals his plans for Dior
“A lot of pressure on my shoulders”
Last week it was announced that Peter Philips had been appointed as the creative and image director of Christian Dior make-up. Although he's just started his role, Philips has already shared big plans for the future of the brand - with his first "full-on" collection set to hit beauty counters in autumn 2015.
Philips revealed his first Dior show will be the cruise collection in May, "It's a nice way to start because it's not as heavy as prêt-à-porter. It's nice to slowly get [to know] the mechanism of a Dior backstage."
The new head of Dior beauty will continue to familiarise himself with the Dior archives as well as with existing cosmetic formulas. For this, he has spent time with the marketing team, "They showed me every formula, where it comes from, the history of it," he revealed adding that he was impressed by exceptional quality standards of the products with 90 to 95 per cent of them developed in-house.
Philips acknowledged that there's "a lot of pressure on my shoulders" - referencing Serge Lutens, the man behind Dior colour cosmetics in the 60s; as well as Tyen, the brand's former make-up colour guru who still works as an artistic advisor within LVMH. "I love his work; when I was at the academy in the Eighties, Nineties, I quite often used his images for collages and things like that. It's amazing how he made this image for Dior - not only as a makeup creator but also as a makeup artist and photographer."
With five years of experience under his belt as the creative director of Chanel make-up, numerous backstage shows for the likes of Fendi and Dries van Noten; not to mention that he's been friends with Raf Simons, the current creative director of Dior, for 20 years - we have no doubt that Philips will settle into his new role well.