Her appointment suggests a shift from Tisci's edge sensibilities and towards Waight Keller's romantic vision that draws inspiration from the work of Hubert de Givenchy, who's best known for his connection to style icon and muse, Audrey Hepburn.
Givenchy has confirmed the appointment of British designer Clare Waight Keller as its new artistic director. Recent rumors suggest he will succeed Donatella Versace at the Italian house.
The transition from Tisci to Waight Keller seems to signal a change for Givenchy. At Chloé, the designer offered up an alternative to couture: beautifully executed pieces with a feminine, haute-hippie, 70s vibe.
The freshman couturier will reveal her first Givenchy collection this fall in Paris. In the space of three months, she's exited and joined what are now two of fashion's most well-known, beloved houses with very specific, opposing aesthetics: During her six years at Chloé, she cultivated a bohemian, free-spirited look grounded by tailoring and sporty touches, while her Givenchy predecessor, Riccardo Tisci, made the house a global success with his Goth-tinged couture and Rottweiler T-shirts. However, this won't be her first time leading a global luxury fashion brand.
Waight Keller will present her debut collection for Givenchy in Paris this October for spring/summer '18.
"I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH group", Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, said in the statement. "By exploring our maison's 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential".