Ever since Riccardo Tisci officially left Givenchy last month, the fashion world has been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of his predecessor. At last we have answers: Clare Waight Keller will be the new head designer at Givenchy. And while Keller, who recently resigned from her post at Chloé, isn’t necessarily the flashiest choice, it’s still a notable one. This marks the first time the brand has been helmed by a woman since it was founded in 1952.
Keller has big shoes to fill. In his 12 years as creative director, Tisci took a house that was lacking pizazz and identity and turned it into one of the buzziest luxury houses around. With the help of his pals, the Kardashians and the insta-models du jour, Tisci’s Givenchy had an unparalleled cultural resonance, not to mention a well-defined aesthetic marked by gothic influences and spiky hardware.
Here’s hoping that Keller doesn’t simply soften the Givenchy aesthetic we’ve grown to love. Here’s also hoping that she keeps making dope T-shirts, as they’re the only Givenchy item I can actually afford.