After six years with the house, Clare Waight Keller has confirmed she'll be stepping down from her role as creative director of Chloé after a mutual agreement with the brand. Putting an end to weeks of speculation, the house today confirmed the autumn/winter '17 collection will be Waight Keller's last.
'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,' Waight Keller said in a statement released to ELLE UK. 'I feel privileged to have worked for a maison with such a heritage and I am very proud of all that has been achieved.'
Owned by Richemont, Chloé is known for its history of women creative directors who each put their own distinctly cool stamp on feminine dressing. Waight Keller, and predecessors Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo, are all designers who became forces in their own right.
Waight Keller's chapter with the brand coincided with the rise of street style, and her breezy skirts and dresses and covetable bags were a big hit among not just editors, but a new wave of digital influencers.
Waight Keller joined Chloé from Pringle of Scotland where she was creative director. An alumnus of the Royal College of Art, she also worked for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Gucci, where she worked under Tom Ford on a design team that included Christopher Bailey and Francisco Costa.
'Clare has been a remarkable partner at Chloé over the past 6 years. She helped rejuvenate the legacy of Gaby Aghion, the first ever Chloé girl, by infusing a cool and easy breeze into the Chloé wardrobe, effortlessly mixing graceful and feminine 'flou' with a free-wheeling and boyish take on tailoring. Clare has a unique talent in directing a large studio of strong creatives. I would like to personally thank Clare for her loyalty and dedication to Chloé,' said Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye, Chloé President.
Waight Keller is rumoured to be replaced by Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière's longtime deputy.