After three years at the helm, the British designer has just departed from her role as the artistic director at Givenchy.
At a time when fashion houses everywhere are facing significant drops in business, accompanied by production delays that have led to a sudden but much-needed reflection on reintroducing slower fashion cycle, the news of Waight Keller’s departure might have come as a surprise. Even more so when the announcement ended with a statement that says a new “creative organisation” will be communicated at a later date.
Is Givenchy taking this time to take the lead in installing a new order in fashion? We don’t know yet. What we do know, however, is that Waight Keller’s exit was no accident. Insiders of the fashion industry will know that the rumours of her departure has already been cooking for months, with officials at Givenchy quietly reaching out to potential candidates — from top designer names to second-in-command talents — as Waight Keller’s contract with the storied couture house came to an end.
“Focusing on a world based on haute couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey,” Waight Keller expressed in a statement. “I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between.”
Since there is no artistic director at the moment, coupled with factory shutdowns due to the global pandemic, Givenchy’s Resort 2020 women’s ready-to-wear and Fall 2020 couture collections have now been cancelled. We will, instead, see an extended shelf-life of its Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 collections in the brand’s official stores around the world.
As we wait for further announcements from the brand, click ahead to take a look at Clare Waight Keller’s most memorable fashion moments at Givenchy.