A Look Back at Chloé’s Revered Designers, From Karl Lagerfeld to Stella McCartney
The French fashion house Chloé is known for creating feminine womenswear, cult-favorite It bags, and playing host to runways filled with supermodels. But the label also has a reputation as being a springboard for some of fashion’s greatest creative directors. When Gaby Aghion launched Chloé in 1952, she created ready-to-wear pieces that could be purchased off the rack—an innovation which would soon become the norm. Aghion recruited a then-unknown Karl Lagerfeld to work with her in the ’60s, and by the ’70s he was heading up the house’s two annual collections. Lagerfeld, who went on to achieve great success at Chanel and Fendi, was not a fluke. Since Lagerfeld, the label has had more than its fair share of smart women who are in tune what the women of their era desire. Martine Sitbon, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and Clare Waight Keller have all become design stars after designing for the Chloé girl. Today, the brand’s latest creative director, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, announced her departure from Chloé, after a nearly four-year tenure. Will she go the route of other greats who have the storied maison on their résumés? Here, a brief history of the most beloved—and famed—designers’ tenures at Chloé.