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MacGibbon Out, Waight Keller In At Chloé

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Despite weeks of protestations to the contrary, Chloé announced today that Hannah MacGibbon, who has been creative director since 2008, is leaving the brand. Stepping into the role: Clare Waight Keller, the British-born designer who stepped down from Pringle of Scotland earlier this year. Waight Keller worked under Tom Ford at Gucci and helmed Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label menswear before arriving at Pringle, where she was credited with expanding the knit label into a full-fledged luxury brand. In particular, Tim Blanks commended her as “quietly iconoclastic,” and able to reach back into the archives while updating and modernizing the Pringle offerings. Waight Keller’s specialty is knitwear (in addition to her time at yarn-happy Pringle, she received an M.A. in fashion knits from the Royal College of Art) and craft. How will that translate at Chloé? In a statement, Waight Keller praised the label’s “beautiful sense of effortless femininity and vivacious sophistication that I look forward to continuing into the next era.”

Photo: Courtesy of Chloé

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