Givenchy, the after Waight Keller kicks off: hunting for the new designer

At Givenchy, the after Waight Keller is already underway. The roads between the fashion house and the designer separated after 3 years, at the natural expiration of the contract. The renewal of the top management of Givenchy, which a month ago appointed Renaud de Lesquen as new CEO, continues.

The after Waight Keller starts

The announcement of the separation between Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller came on Friday April 10. The designer had landed at the head of the maison in 2017. She replaced Riccardo Tisci, who for 12 years had occupied the chair as stylistic director. Clare Waight Keller was the first woman at the creative helm of Givenchy, but, apparently, her results did not meet expectations.

Looking for the successor

The maison did not announce a successor, we said. The pandemic could give (or impose) more time for reflection at the top of both the brand and LVMH, of which Givenchy is part. In the meantime, several names of designers have circulated, about who would be the candidates to replace Waight Keller. Matthew Williams, founder of the brand 1017 Alyx Dsm, appears on the list filled out by MF Fashion. Julien Dossena, designer of Paco Rabanne and Nicolas Ghesquière’s pupil, and the director of Gucci design, Davide Renne, would also be eligible. The names also read that of the artistic co-directors of Jil Sander, Luke and Lucie Meier, and Marine Serre, winner of the LVMH Prize and head of the eponymous brand. Elle magazine hypothesises the split of the assignment, and foresees Phoebe Philo for the woman line with Craig Green at the head of the man line.

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