Now, there appears to be trouble at everyone’s favorite not-so-little Parisian fashion house. Chloé is undergoing major changes, booting their longtime fashion director Hannah MacGibbon and making room for Clare Waight Keller, former creative director of Pringle of Scotland.
MacGibbon had been working for Chloé for almost a decade, and is credited for taking Chloé to new heights with her classically romantic styles.
Although buzz has been circulating for months about MacGibbon’s place at the house, she was no shrinking-violet when it came to the boldness of her final collection. Instead of the minimalist-chic designs that MacGibbon helped trademark for the Chloé powerhouse, brazen snakeskins matched with ‘70s hippy-chic pieces was the theme.
Rumor has it that less than stellar reviews of Chloé’s Fall 2011 line could be what pushed Macgibbon over the edge.
MacGibbon was quoted as saying: “I will always have a deep affection for Chloé and am very grateful to the company for having given me this opportunity.”
Although the split seems to have been amicable, Chloé’s owners—Swiss luxury group Richmond— are very excited for Keller’s Parisian debut on June 1.