Chloé has officially announced the departure of creative director Clare Waight Keller. In early January, Reuters first reported that Waight Keller would be leaving the brand after much industry speculation. Waight Keller has been with the Paris Maison for the past six years; she joined in May 2011 and was hired by CEO Geoffroy De La Bourdonnaye.
“Clare has been a remarkable partner at Chloé over the past six years,” said De La Bourdonnaye in a press statement. “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.”
Waight Keller followed in the footsteps of such enormous talents as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo, who all designed for Chloé.
“Working for this Maison has been on of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Waight Keller. “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.”
According to the press statement, Waight Keller will leave by “mutual agreement” effective March 31, and will present the Fall/Winter 2017 collection in Paris on March 2.