Givenchy, the renowned luxury fashion house based in Paris, recently announced that its British-born creative director, Clare Waight Keller, will be departing from the brand. The news was revealed on Good Friday through a brief press statement, just before the Easter weekend. At this time, Givenchy has not yet announced a successor for Waight Keller.

Speculation about Waight Keller’s future at Givenchy had been circulating for months. This announcement comes after Givenchy underwent leadership changes in early March, with Renaud de Lesquen being appointed as President and CEO.

Waight Keller, who made history as the first woman to hold the artistic director position at Givenchy, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to work with the legendary maison. She particularly highlighted her focus on Haute Couture and praised the exceptional talent and dedication of the Givenchy ateliers and design teams. Additionally, she expressed her thanks to the hardworking individuals behind the scenes who played a crucial role in the brand’s success.

Throughout her three-year tenure, Waight Keller received praise for her collections, particularly from English-speaking media outlets. Her design for Meghan Markle’s memorable wedding dress also garnered global attention. However, reports of lackluster retail sales have raised questions about the brand’s performance.

LVMH, the luxury giant that acquired Givenchy in 1988, emphasized in its statement that the new creative organization for the brand will be announced at a later date. Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, expressed his appreciation for Waight Keller’s contributions to Givenchy and wished her well in her future endeavors.

Givenchy, a fashion house with a rich history and notable past creative directors such as John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, has faced challenges in achieving significant global success. LVMH has not disclosed specific details about the brand’s financial performance.

As the fashion industry eagerly awaits news of Givenchy’s new creative leadership, there is much curiosity about how the brand will evolve and whether it will reach new heights under fresh direction.

Links:
Vogue: Clare Waight Keller Leaving Givenchy
Business of Fashion: Designer Profile – Clare Waight Keller