In March, amidst what may have been the most scandalous Paris Fashion Week ever, Eric Wilson wrote in the New York Times that Chloé would not renew Hannah MacGibbon’s contract.
The house quickly denied the claim swearing their loyalty to MacGibbon as well as their satisfaction with her designs. Last month, there were rumors she had in fact quietly re-signed her contract, though a statement said, “Hannah is still with us, that’s all I can say.”
That was less than a month ago. This morning, Chloé announced she’d been replaced with Clare Waight Keller. Keller was most recently the Creative Director of Pringle of Scotland (she went there in 2005 after working for Tom Ford at Gucci). In six years she managed to turn the Scottish heritage brand into something quite hip thanks to Ryan McGinley shot campaigns starring Tilda Swinton as well as great design and a more accessible diffusion line. She left Pringle just two months ago to spend more time with her family.
Keller will start at Chloé on June 1st while MacGibbon will work on “personal projects.” Chloé’s CEO said, “We are grateful to Hannah for her contribution and commitment to Chloé. Her considerable talents will be missed.”