Who Will Takeover Givenchy After Clare Waight Keller’s Exit?
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Last Friday, Clare Waight Keller announced she would be leaving Givenchy after an eventful three-year tenure as artistic director. Waight Keller originally took over from Riccardo Tisci after his 12 year stint at the house.
The designer generated new conversations about Givenchy, going back to its roots, sorting through archives and bringing old references to life. And let’s not forget that she catapulted the brand to international prominence after dressing Megan Markle for her royal wedding back in 2018.
Whereas Waight Keller shone in areas like haute couture and menswear, her women’s ready-to-wear and accessories reportedly never took off. So this leads us to wonder what direction Givenchy will take when hiring its next artistic director.
With the maison declining to comment on prospective candidates for the takeovers, rumours have begun circulating the internet. Speculation is rife that LVMH, mother company of Givenchy, is looking at the blueprints of its other brands.
One name on people’s lips is Phoebe Philo, who transformed Celine into an iconic brand for LVMH. Like Waight Keller, Philo made a name for herself at Chloé and there’s no doubt her clean, feminine silhouettes would be a great match for the house. Is it wrong to dream of the designer making her return to fashion at Givenchy?
Another option for the house is to split its menswear and womenswear between 2 different designers. Just look at the success of Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones for Dior, both LVMH owned brands.
There is also major talk of a streetwear designer picking up the role. 1017 Alyx DSM founder Matthew Williams is heavily rumoured for the takeover. And Kanye West and Virgil have also popped up in conversation.
On the other end of the spectrum Jill Sander’s husband-and-wife duo Luke and Lucie Meier have also been added to the rumoured candidates. The pair, known for their sophisticated feminine chic, would seem more aligned to the house, in comparison to a streetwear designer. But for now all we can do is speculate.
So guys, who would you like to see takeover Givenchy?
Let us know below.
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