Confirmed: Natacha Ramsay-Levi Exited Louis Vuitton, Appointed Creative Director For Chloé

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This past January, DM Fashion Book reported that “After six years,¬†creative director Clare Waight Keller¬†is exiting¬†Chlo√©” (see it here).

The British designer made her exit after showing the brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection in the City of Lights during Paris Fashion Week on March 2.

Waight Keller, an alum of Pringle of Scotland and Gucci, joined Chloé in 2011 and was hired by CEO Geoffroy De La Bourdonnaye. She rejuvenated the house’s ready-to-wear and accessories business and winning largely positive reviews for her collections. Waight Keller followed in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo, who all designed for Chloé.

Waight Keller served as senior women’s designer at Gucci during the time Tom Ford was creative director, and has also worked at Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. She spent six years at Pringle before moving to Paris to helm Chloé, where she succeeded Hannah MacGibbon.

Back then, when we reported this story, we also mentioned that¬†‘Chlo√© had held discussions with Natacha Ramsay-Levi, a key associate of Nicolas Ghesqui√®re at Louis Vuitton.”

Ramsay-Levi remained under contract at Vuitton at least through the next Paris Fashion Week, scheduled for Feb. 28 to March 8. She started her fashion career at Balenciaga in 2002 and rose through the design ranks to become Ghesquière’s top design deputy. When the Frenchman exited Balenciaga in 2013, she went on to consult for several brands, including Hermès and Acne Studios, before rejoining Ghesquière at Vuitton.

Today, Friday (March 10), Chloé confirmed it has appointed Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative director for ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, effective April 3. She will show her first Chloé collection, for spring 2018, at Paris Fashion Week in September, the house said.

Chlo√© said in a statement that Ramsay-Levi would ‚Äúembody the spirit‚ÄĚ of the house founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, who wanted to create clothes that allowed women to express their identity.

‚ÄúI am very proud to join a house founded by a woman to dress women. I want to create fashion that enhances the personality of the woman who wears it, fashion that creates a character and an attitude, without ever imposing a ‚Äėlook,’‚ÄĚ Ramsay-Levi said in the statement.

Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, chief executive officer of Chlo√©, said he was ‚Äúparticularly proud‚ÄĚ to welcome her to the brand. ‚ÄúHer extensive experience at two prestigious fashion houses and her creative energy will further expand the maison in Gaby‚Äôs vision: at the intersection of Parisian couture savoir-faire and the youthful attitude of the Chlo√© girl,‚ÄĚ he said.

Photos Credit:¬†Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s Instagram

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Donovan is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of www.dmfashionbook.com. For all general inquiries please email don@dmfashionbook.com Donovan has a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from the prestigious Rutgers University. He's currently studying entertainment and fashion law.