Clare Waight Keller Is Leaving Chloé

I’m feeling emotional.

By: Emily Ramshaw

There are very few collections presented every season that I know, unquestionably, I will love without reserve—there are many that I like, that I am surprised by, that are interesting, but not many where before I’ve seen a single look, I know I will want to wear. Clare Waight Keller’s work for Chloé was it—for me, and a whole lot of other women.

Early this morning, Richmont, the Swiss luxury group that owns the French fashion house confirmed the rumors: that Waight Keller was leaving her post as creative director of the label after six years. It was a mutual decision—the English designer had recently move back to the UK with her family despite working at the Parisian headquarters.

I can feel nothing but respect and admiration for a woman who has delivered hit after hit for the house (the handbags alone—Marcie, Drew, Faye—are among the most popular of the last half-dozen years), and I’m certainly not alone in feeling that Waight Keller is leaving a hole in the space of wearable, beautiful womenswear. And, hey, like Waight Keller, Coveteur is marking six years this year as well—and in all that time of bringing you the best of the industry’s closets, her work for Chloé has been some of the most loved and consistent of any designer. If there can be a silver lining, it’s that there’s still one more season to go: her last show for the house will present on March 2nd at Paris Fashion Week.

Click through the slideshow to see our Coveteur Chloé hall of fame—and then prepare your credit card to make one last Waight Keller approved investment later this year.

“I met and became friends with the Chloé team four years ago now, which was kind of the dream. They then asked me if I would be the face of the fragrance, which is the biggest honor because I've always considered the Chloé woman to be the epitome of cool elegance. Also a French house asking an American girl to get involved is an honor because I think the French woman is the most chic woman.” —Dree Hemingway

“There are a few pieces from Chloé, actually, that I’m really obsessed with right now: military coats or their beautiful bags.” —Charlotte Groeneveld

“I always have a great phobia that the things I love will get discontinued or not made. So when I truly love something, I stock up! For instance, a particular style of jeans like 6397 loose skinny jeans, Chloé studded booties, certain handbags, Gianvito Rossi boots, Greg Lauren military jackets…” —Natasha Esch

"I am all about timelessness so my muses are women whose style has lived through time and seasonal trends: Lee Miller, Katharine Hepburn, Charlotte Rampling. And I would say Diane Vreeland for her extravagant yet perfect taste. I would love to trade closets with Marie-Amélie Sauvé. And, after shooting for System with her, I would also trade wardrobes with Melanie Ward in a heartbeat."

"This dress may be my favorite thing I own. I stare at it. I got married almost a year ago and couldn't picture myself in a proper wedding dress. We had a backyard wedding with twenty five people, so this dress was perfect. I saw a pic of it, so my girlfriend (who's a stylist) and I tracked one down and I got it! I also love these boots. They totally jazz up any outfit." —Mara Roszak

"I have been a fan of Chloé since the days of Phoebe, [that] may be why I love Céline so much. The python bag is a conversation starter and the dress I wore to a party the night before the Oscars [one year]. I love that dress. It shimmers and sparkles perfectly." —Emese Szenasy

"The Chloé jacket I bought at this weird special invite sample sale in Paris. I didn’t find out the location until the day of. But everything was 90% off…crazy!! It’s so special, I’m slightly afraid of it." —Carly Cushnie

"I have these shoes in two colors! They are so classic and I know I’ll wear them until the end of my life, and I plan to live a long life. How cool would a 100-year-old woman look in these shoes?" —Kelly Wearstler

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