Yesterday, Givenchy announced the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as the brand’s first female artistic director. Her appointment comes to effect on 2 May, and her creative responsibilities will include women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, as well as haute couture.
Waight Keller replaces Riccardo Tisci, who left the LVMH couture house earlier this year after a 12-year tenure. Under his leadership, the house adopted celebrity culture and streetwear — turning into a powerhouse label championed by Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Erykah Badu, and MIA amongst others. In contrast, Waight Keller, former creative director of Chloé, has developed a reputation for her calm demeanour, effortless Bohemian chic designs, and highly-coveted accessories.
Waight Keller will present her first collection for Givenchy later this year in Paris for Spring/Summer 2018.