The house of Chloé has today confirmed that Clare Waight Keller is to step down as the creative director of the brand, with her closing Fall 2017 collection being shown on March 2. The designer released a statement today looking back at her time at the helm of the fashion house, regarding it as “the most rewarding experiences of [her] career.” Chloé president Geoffroy De La Bourdonnaye likened her tenure to “the legacy of Gaby Aghion,” reports The Business of Fashion.
“Chloé is a brand with values close to my heart and I have truly enjoyed working with some of the best talents in the industry,” reflected Waight Keller in her statement. “I feel privileged to have worked for a maison with such a heritage and I am very proud of all that has been achieved.”A successor will be named in due course.
Published on January 5, 2017: French fashion house Chloé is set to join the fashion industry’s designer reshuffle after reports broke today that its current creative director Clare Waight Keller will not renew her contract at the end of March 2017. Natacha Ramsay-Levi, second in command to Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, is tipped to be positioned at the helm of the brand, which is one of the Richemont Group’s biggest performing labels for sales.
The Chloé news breaks after numerous lead creatives changed key positions within the industry last year, from Dior to Balenciaga and beyond. As Raf Simons settles into his new seat as creative director at Calvin Klein, we anticipate more fashion musical chairs to occur. Clutch your Chloé show tickets tightly; the final curtain on Waight Keller’s legacy is not to be missed.
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