Rumours says that Natacha Ramsay-Levi will be the new creative director at Chloé. According to Reuters, Chloé’s creative director since 2011, Clare Waight Keller, has decided not to renew her contract, which ends in March. Apparently, Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière right hand woman is the top pick for her replacement. From Balenciaga to Louis Vuitton, here are a few things to know about Ramsay-Levi.
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Natacha Ramsay-Levi was born in Paris where she currently resides. While she harboured original ambitions of being an historian, she changed track when she discovered Balenciaga and started an internship at the house in 2002.
Ramsay-Levi has a four-year-old son, Balthus Billy, with Purple founder editor Olivier Zahm.
Ramsay-Levi is currently serving as design director under Nicholas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, but she met him at Balenciaga and worked with him for over a decade, before moving to Louis Vuitton. She also consulted for several brands including Acne Studios and Hermés.
According to a 2012 report in The Guardian, she was once considered to succeed Ghesquière at Balenciaga. Of course, the role ultimately went to Alexander Wang, and Ramsay-Levi ended up following her boss to Vuitton.
Now, Natacha Ramsay-Levi has been appointed the new creative director of Chloé. The fashion house has always had an emphasis on flowy, feminine silhouettes, but Ramsay-Levi’s work with Ghesquière has more of a hard-edged vibe. Can we expect some changes? Well, her first collection wouldn’t be until Spring 2018.
Thank you Clare Waight Keller! You served us well!
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