The Daily first reported in February that Clare Waight Keller was in talks to take on the creative director role at Givenchy. Today WWD confirmed the news that the designer would fill the role left behind by Riccardo Tisci. Officially, Keller’s last day at Chloé is March 31st and her final collection was presented in Paris earlier this month for the Fall/Winter 2017 season. At Givenchy, Keller will oversee both men’s and women’s as well as accessories and couture.
“The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family,” said Philippe Fortunato, CEO of Givenchy, in a statement. “I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our Maison’s 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its Ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”
Her first collection for the French house will be unveiled in October during the Spring/Summer 2018 shows and she is expected to take on her new role starting May 2. As Givenchy marks its 65th anniversary, Keller is the sixth designer and first woman to helm the brand.
“Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the the opportunity to be a part of this legendary House’s history,” said Keller. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”