2016 was a busy year for designers entering and leaving positions at various houses, and it appears that the new year is shaping up to have even more shifting positions. News comes this morning that Natacha Ramsay-Levi might be replacing Clare Waight Keller at Chloé.
Reuters reports that Keller will not be renewing her contract with the French house, and that Louis Vuitton (where Ramsay-Levi currently works under Nicholas Ghesquière) has “actively [been] scouting for a replacement.”
Although aesthetically Ramsay-Levi isn't an obvious choice for Chloé’s—the brand is rather boho-chic, whereas Ramsay-Levi has spent the past decade of her career working under Ghesquière at Balenciaga and now Vuitton, where urban futurism is the name of the game. That being said, it would be interesting (and well deserved) to see her step out on her own as a creative director.
Allegedly, the commute between Paris (where Chloé is headquartered) and London (where Keller and her family reside) has become a strain for the designer, who has otherwise been rather successful at the brand. FU reached out for confirmation of the news, but the brand has declined to comment at this time. Nevertheless, fashion rumors are oh-so-often true, and an educated guess would expect an official statement to be made after Paris fashion week, as it coincides with the end of Keller’s contract. Watch this space.