Two weeks ago at Paris Fashion Week, designer Claire Waight Keller showed her final collection for French house Chloé, where she served as creative director for six years. (Keller was promptly replaced by Natacha Ramsay-Levi, former senior director at Louis Vuitton and right hand to Nicolas Ghesquière, with whom she worked since his early days at Balenciaga.) In her time at the house, Keller built a strong aesthetic that was instantly recognizable: Bohemian, breezy and unabashedly feminine — but with a tough edge. The clothing and accessories were at once perfect for Coachella and doing whatever one does "like a French girl," that is to say, looking chic, effortless and romantic at all times.
So, we will admit that we were a bit surprised to hear the news that broke on Thursday morning: Keller has been appointed as artistic director at Givenchy, where she will oversee women's ready-to-wear, men's, accessories and couture, a spokesperson for the house confirmed to Fashionista. Her post officially begins on May 2, and she will make her debut for the house at Paris Fashion Week in October.
In a statement, Keller said:
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. I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.
Keller succeeds Riccardo Tisci, who served as creative director at Givenchy for 12 years and showed his last collection during the Fall 2017 men's shows in Paris in January. On account of Tisci's high-profile status (his muses included Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Ciara), his edgy, goth-leaning aesthetic and his penchant for must-have streetwear, rumors swirled that LVMH would hire someone to carry the brand forward in a similar direction — particularly, Off-White's Virgil Abloh. Keller and Tisci's respective styles couldn't be more different, so we're very curious to see how the new designer helps the house to evolve. In addition, Keller is the first woman to helm Givenchy, a move that we're obviously very, very here for.
Note: This story has been updated to include confirmation from Givenchy.