Clare Waight Keller has been confirmed as the new artistic director at Givenchy, following Riccardo Tisci‘s departure.
The move makes Keller the second female designer to take the helm at an LVMH brand in recent months, following Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment at Dior.
Givenchy took to Instagram to break the news with its 7.7 million followers this afternoon.
The brand also shared an image of founder Hubert de Givenchy, along with the quote, “True elegance comes with a natural gesture, an attitude in simplicity”, suggesting a return to the label’s 1950s roots; a period when the designer formed close working relationships with the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. Previous Givenchy creative directors include John Galliano, Alexander ‘Lee’ McQueen and Julien Macdonald.
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“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 in a statement. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”
Under Tisci’s helm, Givenchy imbued a dark, gothic glamour. He was renowned for his heavily embellished and maximalist creations, loved by the Kardashians, Beyonce and Madonna – to great commercial success. His go-to red carpet muse was Rooney Mara, and you’d often find a Jenner or a Hadid on his catwalk.
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Therefore, many fashion fans might be slightly surprised at the appointment of the British designer as his successor, who is known for a softer, lighter and more understated approach to her work. At Chloé, from which she announced her departure in January, Waight Keller became known for creating breezy, easy-wear dresses and separates, as well as a phenomenally successful collection of shoes and handbags. Her go-to red carpet muses are the likes of Clemence Poesy, Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller, who all embody the designer’s signature boho prettiness.
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Two very different designer aesthetics and one storied French Fashion House; we look forward to seeing the results.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK