Spotlight on Clare Waight-Keller

Back in January, it was announced that Clare Waight Keller would be creating her final collection for Chloé (AW/17) before exiting to join Givenchy as the house's new creative director, succeeding Riccardo Tisci. She will be only the second ever female head of a fashion label under LVMH, and Givenchy's first ever female lead.

About Clare Waight-Keller

The London-based mother of two-year-old twin daughters has a brilliant reputation for bringing long established fashion brands into the 21st century, with her easy, modern minimalist style, strong eye for trends and ability to deliver huge growth and successfully revamp and reinvent consistently.

Originally from Birmingham UK, Waight-Keller studied at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art before working with the likes of Italian giant Gucci (at that time under the legendary Tom Ford), heritage knitwear label Pringle of Scotland, and her defining moment at Parisian fashion house Chloé.

Clare Waight-Keller on Givenchy

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Givenchy is one of the few remaining true houses of haute couture. The brand launched in the 1950s and grew exponentially with an eye for the 'new look' of the time, and dressing the stars; most famously Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Givenchy is currently the second best-performing label under luxury brand conglomerate LVMH, succeeded only by Dior.

"Hubert de Givenchy's confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary house’s history," said Waight Keller today. "I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story." - Clare Waight-Keller (Source)

Clare Waight-Keller on Chloe

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It is widely recognised that the creative director successfully reinvented the 'Chloé girl', combining the classic floaty, feminine style of the brand with a more contemporary aesthetic, and elevating Chloé accessories to cult status, dressing only the most fashion forward celebrities and street style stars.

“Chloé speaks to me on so many levels – firstly because it’s feminine. I love the free-spirited, effortless attitude of the Chloé girl. For me, Chloé is about that fabulous piece you can wear so many different ways, and the spirit of confidence you have when you wear it. Most of all, it feels real.” – Clare Waight Keller
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As always, it is inspiring to see women reach high-profile positions in global fashion brands, as gender inequality is still rife in the highest ranking, and of course, highest paid, roles within famous luxury labels. After her final Autumn/Winter collection at Chloé, Clare Waight-Keller will start creating for Givenchy, and we can't wait to see what she brings to the legendary house, both in couture and ready-to-wear.

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Ruth MacGilp, 20, UK. Fashion Communication Student and Fashion Blogger.
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