Pringle's Keller taking over at Chloe

9th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Clare Waight Keller, the British designer who breathed new life into heritage label Pringle of Scotland, is taking over as artistic director at Chloe in June, the Parisian fashion house said on Monday.

She will succeed compatriot Hannah MacGibbon, who is leaving Chloe after a 10-year collaboration -- including three years as creative director -- "to pursue new projects," it said in a statement.

"We are proud to count Hannah among the hall of fame of great designers who have marked the history of Chloe" since its founded in 1952, said Chloe chief executive Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye.

Past creative directors at Chloe -- part of the Swiss luxury group Richemont -- have included Stella McCartney, who left in 2001 to start her own eponymous label, and Phoebe Philo, now creative director at Celine.

A fashion knitwear specialist, Keller first worked at Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren in New York, then moved on to become a senior designer under Tom Ford at Gucci before joining Pringle as creative director in 2005.

She is credited with turning around the Scottish knitwear brand, giving it a more contemporary and sophisticated flavour that has gone over well with critics and customers alike.

© 2011 AFP

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