It’s the beginning of a new era for Givenchy. After Italian designer Riccardo Tisci announced in February that he was parting ways with the French fashion house, his successor has finally been announced.
Clare Waight Keller has been announced as the new artistic director of Givenchy. The news came in the most modern of ways; Givenchy posted a photograph of the British designer on Instagram with the caption: “Clare Waight Keller. New Artistic Director”
Waight Keller will oversee all creative responsibilities at the house, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as haute couture. The appointment is effective May 2. She will be the first woman to design for Givenchy. Besides, Givenchy will be her first time designing couture.
Prior to joining Givenchy, Keller spent six years at Chloe. Her time at Chloé was an undisputed success story, modernizing founder Gaby Aghion’s sensibilities and producing a number of desirable new shoe and handbag styles. She presented her last collection for Chloe at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.
The British designer is set to show her first collection for Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week’s spring 2018 shows in October. Until then, we’ll be waiting with anticipation to see what Waight Keller has in store for the fashion house, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.