How Will New Creative Head Claire Waight Keller Change Up Givenchy?

In the space of three months, she's exited and joined what are now two of fashion's most well-known, beloved houses with very specific, opposing aesthetics: During her six years at Chloé, she cultivated a bohemian, free-spirited look grounded by tailoring and sporty touches, while her Givenchy predecessor, Riccardo Tisci, made the house a global success with his Goth-tinged couture and Rottweiler T-shirts. Givenchy took to Instagram to break the news with its 7.7 million followers this afternoon.

When the news of Tisci's departure broke in February, a frenzy of speculation began as to who would replace him.

Friends in high places for Ricardo Tisci-pictured with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, North West and Kris Jenner. Her last collection, Fall '17, had mod peacoats and swingy minidresses, for instance, and if you go back to Fall '12, there's a stunningly simple black column gown Hepburn might have worn.

Her role at Chloé, saw her responsible for the creation of the romantic and bohemian look that the house is known for and for delivering highly sought after accessories such as shoes and handbags at a more accessible price point. According to reuters, British designer Clare Waight Keller's appointment was announced Thursday.

In a statement, she said the "confident style" of label founder Hubert de Givenchy had "always been an inspiration".

Waight Keller, whose appointment was announced on social media, takes on a post previously filled by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald. Alongside Grazia Chiuri, Waight Keller joins a list of other recently appointed female creatives, including Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin and Natacha Ramsey-Levi, her successor at Chloé. Recent rumors suggest he will succeed Donatella Versace at the Italian house.

  • Kyle Peterson