Givenchy appoints Clare Waight Keller as new artistic director

Clare Waight-Keller is Givenchy's new artistic director. Photographed by Steven Meisel
Clare Waight-Keller is Givenchy’s new inventive director. Photographed by Steven MeiselCREDIT: INSTAGRAM.COM/GIVENCHY

Givenchy has appointed Clare Waight Keller as its new inventive director, ending months of hypothesis surrounding who would succeed Riccardo Tisci in considered one of Paris style’s highest-profile roles.

The LVMH-owned style home announced the news on Instagram, initially sharing a black-and-white portrait of founder and namesake Hubert de Givenchy, then a quote (“true magnificence comes with a pure gesture, an perspective in simplicity”), and eventually a portrait of Waight Keller, captioned: “2017. CLARE WAIGHT KELLER. NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL.”

“Hubert de Givenchy’s assured type has at all times been an inspiration and I’m very grateful for the chance to be part of this legendary Home’s historical past,” mentioned Waight Keller. “I look ahead to working with the groups and writing a brand new chapter on this lovely story.”

Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, mentioned: “I’m very joyful to have Clare Waight Keller be a part of the LVMH Group. I imagine her widespread experience and imaginative and prescient will permit Givenchy to enter the subsequent part of its distinctive path. I’m very a lot trying ahead to her contribution to the Maison’s continued success.”

Clare Waight Keller at the 2016 Fashion Awards
Clare Waight Keller on the 2016 Trend Awards CREDIT: GETTY

The transfer makes Waight Keller, the former Chloe creative director, the primary feminine inventive director ever to guide Givenchy. She joins a lineage together with Tisci, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald. She can also be the second girl appointed to guide a LVMH-owned home, following Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior.

Together with Givenchy’s womenswear collections, Waight Keller can even design menswear and high fashion.

“In an trade the place there are such a lot of ladies, it’s actually optimistic to see a lady being introduced as being on the helm of a significant style home” says Natalie Kingham, shopping for director at Matchesfashion.com, which shares Givenchy. “I’m actually excited to see her carry some femininity and feminism to the gathering.”

Audrey Hepburn wearing adesign by Hubert de Givenchy
Audrey Hepburn carrying adesign by Hubert de Givenchy CREDIT: REX

Waight Keller lately drew to a detailed her six years on the helm of Chloe, displaying her final runway collection for the home at Paris style week solely two weeks in the past. Her time at Chloe was an undisputed success story, modernising founder Gaby Aghion’s ‘flou’ sensibilitiesand producing numerous fascinating new shoe and purse kinds.

Appointing Waight Keller alerts a probable tonal shift at Givenchy – a transfer away from Tisci’s 12 years of goth-, rock- and sex-tinged collections, and towards the extra traditional, female imaginative and prescient Waight Keller has espoused at Chloe and Pringle of Scotland, her earlier inventive directorship.

A look from Waight Keller's final Chloe collection
A glance from Waight Keller’s ultimate Chloe assortment CREDIT: ISIDORE MONTAG

Waight Keller, who holidays in Cornwall and lately moved her household again to London, is worlds faraway from Tisci, who enlisted celebrity friends together with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (Tisci designed Kardashian’s gown for the couple’s 2014 wedding ceremony) for his star-studded entrance rows, and featured Donatella Versace in one of his campaigns. What the 2 designers share is a knack for brand-building, and monitor data of commercially profitable collections.

Waight Keller’s final collection for Chloe drew inspiration from The Yellow Submarine, mashing up psychedelic references with Seventies-inflected suede tracksuits.

Tisci has not disclosed his subsequent transfer, however is broadly rumoured to be heading for a high design publish at Versace.

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