NEW YORK — It looks like the love affair didn’t last.

Celine is said to be parting ways with artistic director Roberto Menichetti after just two seasons. According to sources, New York designer Peter Som is among those being courted by the label’s parent, LVMH Moet Hennessy, to take over the design reins. Som, reached by telephone on Tuesday, declined comment.

Menichetti succeeded Michael Kors at Celine in April 2004, and drew his inspirations from the allure of Parisian women. His two collections for the French house, however, were poorly received by critics.

Menichetti is based in Gubbio, Italy, where his family owns an apparel factory. The designer, born in Buffalo, N.Y., has a namesake line that he presents in New York. Before Celine, he had been creative director of Burberry for three years, and had worked at Jil Sander in Hamburg, Germany.

This story first appeared in the May 25, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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