After receiving lukewarm reviews for her snakeskin print-heavy Fall 2011 collection, rumors swirled last March that Chloé designer Hannah MacGibbon would be ousted from the label. Word then came that Chloé had extended MacGibbon’s contract for one more season. In hindsight, the label’s statement at the time was somewhat cryptic. The higher-ups at Chloé told WWD, “Hannah is still with us, that’s all I can say.” Not an entirely convincing vote of confidence.
News broke this morning that effective June 1, Pringle of Scotland’s former creative director Clare Waight Keller would be taking the helm at Chloé. Hannah MacGibbon will “pursue new projects.”
Pringle recently named Alistair Carr as the new creative director of that label; now we know what became of Waight Keller. Was she hired to breathe a little life into Chloé, a quietly chic label?
Many credited Clare Waight Keller with elevating Pringle of Scotland from a fusty knitwear brand into the realm of luxury. And Chloé is clearly enamored of her “deep experience and innovative approach to knitwear.” We’ll expect to see lots of it on their Spring 2012 runway.
If your head is spinning with all this recent news of designer musical chairs, just wait until Dior announces Galliano’s successor.