Chloé has announced that Natacha Ramsay-Levi is the French label’s new creative director for ready-to-wear, leather goods, and accessories. Effective April 3, Ramsey-Levi will become Chloé’s eighth creative director since it was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952.
“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,'” Ramsay-Levi said in a statement.
Ramsay-Levi succeeds Waight Keller, who held the post for six years. There’s been a long tradition of women designers at Chloé, starting with Gaby Aghion, who co-founded the brand in the early 1950s, and including Hannah MacGibbon, Phoebe Philo, and Stella McCartney. (Karl Lagerfeld also famously designed the line.) Ramsay-Levi is the first Frenchwoman to helm it since Aghion stepped down.
The former creative director for women’s ready-to-wear at Louis Vuitton, and right-hand to Nicolas Ghesquière, will make her debut during Paris Fashion Week this fall when the house shows its S/S 18 collection. Prior to her role at Louis Vuitton, Ramsay-Levi worked alongside Ghesquière at Balenciagafor 11 years, where she started in 2002 as an intern, working her way up, eventually becoming design director. She’s also the first Frenchwoman at the helm of Chloé since Aghion herself, which means come September, French-girl fashion is about to enter a new era.