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Hannah MacGibbon leaves Chloé, Pringle of Scotland creative director succeeds

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Chloé creative director Hannah MacGibbon has left the helm of the French fashion house in order to pursue new projects, an official statement from the company said. Clare Waight Keller, the former creative director of Pringle of Scotland has been announced to succeed MacGibbon.

After spending almost 10 years working with the brand, with the last two as creative director at Chloé, MacGibbon was able to execute a smooth transition of the brand from Phoebe Philo’s direction to hers while maintaining the understated elegance and ultra-feminine romance that has become synonymous with the label over the years.

A runway look from MacGibbon’s final collection for Chloé

“I will always have a deep affection for Chloé and am very grateful to the company for having given me this opportunity,” MacGibbon said.

MacGibbon’s departure from the company has been rumoured for months – with conflicting stories circulating every other day – following mixed to unfavourable response to her Fall/Winter 2011 collection for the Parisian house shown earlier this year.

From June 1st, 2011, British-born Keller will continue the brand’s legacy and hope to bank on her experience as the designer who transformed Pringle of Scotland to an international fashion house to live up to MacGibbon’s work. Prior to her appointment at Pringle, Keller worked in the design departments of various global houses, including Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford.

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