Since Clare Waight Keller was first said to be exiting Chloé back in January, reportedly declining to renew her contract, rumors began picking up steam that a successor — Natacha Ramsay-Levi, senior director at Louis Vuitton and right-hand to Nicolas Ghesquière — was already waiting in the wings. And on Friday, a week after Keller presented her final runway show for the house, they are rumors no more: Chloé has confirmed Ramsay-Levi as its new creative director, with her first collection for the house to debut for Spring 2018 during Paris Fashion Week.
Ramsay-Levi began her career at Balenciaga in 2002 under Ghesquière, and when he departed for Vuitton in 2013, according to WWD's Paris source, she left to consult for several brands (such as Hermès and Acne Studios). She rejoined Ghesquière at Vuitton soon after, and had served as the brand's creative director of women's ready-to-wear since 2013.
In a statement, Ramsay-Levi said:
I am very proud to join a house founded by a woman to dress women. I want to create fashion that enhances the personality of the woman who wears it, fashion that creates a character and an attitude, without ever imposing a 'look.'
Ghesquière also hinted at Ramsay-Levi's departure on Instagram following the Louis Vuitton Fall 2017 show, writing: "30 shows and many more fantastic projects we experienced together. We spent an extraordinary part of our life sharing our passion. You are an inspirational, talented and generous woman and i am truly grateful for that. [sic]"
Note: This story has been updated to include confirmation from Chloé.