Clare Waight Keller’s departure from Chloé has been confirmed by the house via a statement this morning.
“Working for this Maison has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” she said of the brand that she's led since 2011. “Chloé is a brand with values close to my heart and I have truly enjoyed working with some of the best talents in the industry. I feel privileged to have worked for a Maison with such a heritage and I am very proud of all that has been achieved.”
Speculation arose earlier this month that Keller would not renew her contract, as traveling back and forth between Paris (where the brand is headquartered) and London (where she resides) was putting a strain on her family life. The exact details regarding why she left were not outlined, however the house did acknowledge that it was a “mutual agreement”.
Although her official last day will be March 31, Keller’s final collection for the house will be for Fall 2017, and will be presented on March 2, during Paris fashion week. A replacement has yet to be announced, however rumors continue to swirl that Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Nicholas Ghesquière’s longtime right-hand woman, will take the reigns at Chloé, possibly signaling a new creative direction for the French house.