Clare Waight Keller and French fashion house Givenchy are going their separate ways, the luxury brand owned by LVMH announced on Friday, ending the designer’s tenure as artistic director just before the three-year mark.
“I would like to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her contribution to the latest chapter of Givenchy,” said LVMH Fashion Group Chairman and CEO Sidney Toledano. “Under his creative direction, and in close collaboration with its workshops and teams, the Maison has reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance. I wish Clare all the best in her future endeavors.
The announcement, which noted that the women’s spring-summer collection shown on March 1 in Paris would be Waight Keller’s latest for the house, also included the following statement from the designer.
“As the first woman to be the artistic director of this legendary Maison, I feel honored to have had the opportunity to cherish her heritage and give it new life.
“Focusing on a world based on haute couture has been one of the highlights of my professional career. I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant workshops and design teams at Givenchy: your exceptional talent and dedication will be remembered forever.
“My sincere thanks go to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution of the product to communications and retail, and to every member of the global team, partner and supplier in between.
“Without all of you, I couldn’t have brought my vision of Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way.”
The former Chloe designer got involved in the house Hubert built in May 2017 and presented her first men’s and women’s collections – in a combined runway – just five months later. It seemed to find its place with the following season’s Night Noir ready-to-wear runway collection.
Two months later, Waight Keller was immersed in pop culture consciousness when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a wedding dress created by the British designer.
However, the halo effect of the millions of eyeballs that tuned in was not enough to keep the brand and designer in a long-term relationship as, not even two years later, she introduced what was to be his last parade. look home – a fall and winter 2020 runway collection inspired by French arthouse cinema that served up some of the season’s most memorable capes.
According to the April 10 statement, the creative organization of the house will be announced at a later date, so it’s not immediately clear who will succeed Waight Keller at the helm of creation.