Michael Rider to Depart from Polo Ralph Lauren

Breaking News: Michael Rider Leaves Polo Ralph Lauren as Creative Director, Rumors Swirl of Next Move

In exciting news, sign up now to receive the Vogue Business newsletter for the latest luxury news, insights, and exclusive membership discounts. Michael Rider, creative director of Polo Ralph Lauren women’s, has announced his departure from the brand at the end of May. This was confirmed by a representative of Ralph Lauren via email on Monday.

Rider joined Ralph Lauren in 2018 and is known for his work in revitalizing the mid-priced women’s Polo line and elevating its position in the market. His successor has been announced as Karen Brown, an 18-year Ralph Lauren veteran who played a crucial role in repositioning women’s Polo in collaboration with Rider. There have been rumors that Rider may be heading to Celine to replace Hedi Slimane, as reported by WWD in April, citing insider sources.

Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Rider worked as the ready-to-wear design director under Phoebe Philo at Celine from 2008 to 2018 and also held a senior designer position at Balenciaga. While Rider has not disclosed his next move, there is speculation about his return to Celine in the role of creative director. LVMH, the parent company of Celine, has not provided any comments on the matter at this time. For comments, questions or feedback, please reach out to Vogue Business via email at feedback@voguebusiness.com.

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