Monday, May 9, 2011

Clare Waight Keller Replaces Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé

Clare Waight Keller Replaces Hannah MacGibbon at French Label Chloé

Rumors have been flying since the autumn/winter 2011 Chloé snakeskin fashion show that creative director, Hannah MacGibon may not return because her three year contract was up.  While it was said she was signed on for one more season, statements by the French brand released today say MacGibbon's contract was not renewed and replacing her as creative director will be Clare Waight Keller, most known as the turn-around creative director of Pringle of Scotland.

Clare Waight Keller

CEO of Chloé, Geoffroy de-La Bourdonnaye said, "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."
Keller has also worked at Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and as a senior womenswear designer at Gucci under Tom Ford.
Chloé Fall 2008  ad

This is effective June 1, 2011 which means the Spring 2012 collection will be our first look at Keller's work for Chloé.  Keller has been applauded for putting Pringle of Scotland into the realm of international luxury wear, and that is the main reason she was hired by Chloé as they are looking to be a more global business.
Chloé Spring/Summer 2007 ad

 Geoffroy de-La Bourdonnaye also said, "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."

Hannah MacGibbon

  MacGibbon said in a statement, "I will always have a deep affection for Chloé and am very grateful to the company for having given me this opportunity."   

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