In a stroke of technological savvy, Chloé announced on its Twitter feed and website this morning that head designer Hannah MacGibbon would be replaced by Clare Waight Keller on June 1. The announcement follows rampant speculation as to MacGibbon's fate at the house during the fall 2011 show season, when John Galliano exited Christian Dior and Christophe Decarnin exited Balmain, and the industry could scarcely help but gossip their faces off. MacGibbon leaves her decade-long run at the house, where she began as an assistant, to pursue "new projects," Chloé said in a statement. And if she needs a job at another fashion label, Gianfranco Ferré and Cacharel are just two labels in need of designers.
After working under Tom Ford at Gucci, Waight Keller took over Pringle of Scotland in 2005, famously making the label cool again; she resigned in March "to a certain extent ... for personal reasons," she said at the time. To a certain extent that she was on her way to Chloé, hmmm?