Rumours have been circulating about Clare Waight Keller’s departure from the French fashion house, Chloé, for a few weeks now. This morning, Business of Fashion announced that the rumours are true, Waight Keller will be leaving the fashion house after the A/W’17 show on 2 March.
‘After six extraordinary years at Chloé I would like to thank Geoffroy and all my colleagues for their enormous efforts over the past years,’ Waight Keller said to BoF. ‘Working for this maison has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. 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. I feel privileged to have worked for a maison with such a heritage and I am very proud of all that has been achieved.’
Clare Waight Keller is a British designer, who trained at The Royal College of Art. Before her work with Chloé, Keller was the creative director of Pringle of Scotland. Before Keller, a host of young British, London-based designers had headed at the maison, including Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and Hannan MacGibbon.
We wait to see what will happen next for the house, although the front runner for the job is Louis Vuitton womenswear designer, Natacha Ramsay-Levi (with Nicolas Ghesquiere).
Meanwhile, many other British, Irish and Scottish designers are heading up iconic and established fashion houses around the world.
Jonathan Anderson has been the creative director of luxury brand, Loewe, since 2014. The Scottish designer, Jonathan Saunders, took over at Diane von Furstenberg in September 2016, to rave reviews. We wait to see where Clare Waight Keller will go next…
In other fashion news, Carven, has just appointed a new creative director in Serge Ruffieux (who has previously worked at Dior with Raf Simons and John Galliano as head designer). The biggest fashion move came when Hedi Slimane stepped down at Saint Laurent, where he had been successfully reinvigorating the brand. Now, Anthony Vaccarello has replaced him as creative director and will show his second collection in Paris Fashion Week on 28 Feb. And Raf Simons at Calvin Klein is making waves. This February, we wait to see all of the news, shows and collections from New York, London, Milan and Paris.