Clare Waight Keller is to replace Riccardo Tisci at the Givenchy helm, with the latter widely expected to arrive at Versace in the near future. Waight Keller will look to build on a successful period at Chloé, where she founded a reputation for highly-wearable, high-quality designs and importantly developed the brand’s lucrative lines in handbags and shoes.
Tisci left Givenchy last month after 12 successful years modernising the brand’s image and cultivating a following that includes some of the world’s most high-profile celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé and Kanye West. His graphic sweatshirts, embellished sneakers, religious symbols and streetwear inspirations will perhaps be consigned to the Givenchy archives as commentators predict Waight Keller to bring an air of refinement and reverence for the house’s founder, Hubert Du Givenchy, into her collections.
As Business of Fashion points out, the British designer becomes the second female creative lead appointment at an LVMH house in recent times, following on from Mari Grazia Chiuri taking the reigns at Christian Dior. With experience working at Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and then alongside Christopher Bailey at Tom Ford’s Gucci as well as at the helm at Pringle of Scotland and then at Chloé until this January, Waight Keller brings a breadth of experience, a taste for the arts and a history of elegant collections with her to Givenchy.