Weeks of speculation are finally being put to rest at Chloé. The company confirmed the exit of Clare Waight Keller this coming March in a statement from chief executive officer, Geoffrey de la Bourdonnaye, this morning.
“Clare has been a remarkable partner at Chloé over the past six 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 freewheeling and boyish take on tailoring,” he stated.
She served as the creative director for the brand. Waight Keller’s tenure will close following her final show for Chloé at Paris Fashion Week on March 2nd. An after-party from the fashion house in her honor will follow later that evening.
The designer spent time at Pringle of Scotland before arriving at Chloé. She also worked for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Gucci. The latter was during the Tom Ford era.
Talk of Waight Keller exiting as creative director first materialized in Decmeber. It stemmed from a meeting between her and Natacha Ramsay-Levi reported by WWD. Some have speculated Ramsay-Levi may be Waight Keller’s successor, though the brand has yet to comment on or confirm it.
The fashion house did not cite a reason for the designer’s departure. Moving her family from Paris to London a year prior, Waight Keller split time between the locations. Her commitment to her family may have contributed to her decision.