Paris fashion house Chloé International has appointment Clare Waight Keller
as its new creative director, effective June 1. She replaces Hannah
MacGibbon who leaves the house after 10 years, latterly as creative director
since 2008, to "pursue new projects".
Briton Waight Keller is credited with transforming heritage label Pringle of
Scotland into a contemporary and international fashion brand following her
appointment as creative director in 2005.
Before this she was a senior womenswear designer for Gucci under Tom Ford,
following time with both Ralph Lauren's Purple Label men's line and Calvin
"We warmly welcome Clare to Chloé as we continue to define feminine elegance
for the radiant, active and effortlessly graceful woman of today. Clare's
unique talent and skilled eye is enriched through her deep experience across
global fashion players and her highly acclaimed rejuvenation of a major
heritage house,² said CEO Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye.
Waight Keller added: ³I am thrilled to be joining one of the most
prestigious design houses in Paris. Chloé is a brand that conveys a
beautiful sense of effortless femininity and vivacious sophistication that I
look forward to continuing into the next era. I am excited to be working
with Geoffroy and the incredibly creative and talented design team at
Chloé paid tribute to MacGibbon's contribution since she her appointment as
creative director three years ago.
"Since then, she has taken Chloé to new heights by designing graceful,
effortless and highly sophisticated collections of ready-to-wear which have
been acclaimed by our customers across all continents. Hannah also led the
successful launch of Chloé fragrances which are now topping the league in
Japan and are among the best-selling new fashion fragrance brands
worldwide," said de La Bourdonnaye.
"We are grateful to Hannah for her contribution and commitment to Chloé. Her
considerable talents will be missed; we are proud to count Hannah among the
Hall of Fame of great designers who have marked the history of Chloé since
1952. I wish Hannah well in her new projects."