Chloé has officially announced that Gabriela Hearst will step down as Creative Director after Paris Fashion Week in September. The Uruguayan-born designer led the French luxury fashion house through three years of innovative and defining collections.

“Very few houses have such a history of strong female leaders who have each made their unique contribution to the Maison, under the inspirational legacy of its founder Gaby Aghion,” shared Hearst. “I represent a standard for quality that has no space for compromise and I believe in honoring the interconnectivity that we all belong to. I feel empowered and excited about the work done at Chloé and moreover, to leave a clear message that a woman can do it all and have fun while at it.”

Hearst has been extremely successful since joining the brand as Creative Director in 2020. With a focus on sustainable fashion, Hearst saw three years of consistent growth for Chloé as a rebranding towards a mission-based fashion house resonated with buyers across the world who were upset by the continued dominance of fast fashion.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 02: Fashion designer Gabriela Hearst walks the runway during the Chloe Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2023-2024 fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on March 2, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The announcement comes in the wake of multiple creative directors stepping down in the last year; Tom Ford stepping down from Tom Ford was announced in April while Jeremy Scott stepping down from Moschino was announced in March, among others.

And as Hearst has continued to run her namesake brand—which she founded in 2015—and her family’s ranch in Paysandú, Uruguay, there has been continued speculation of her departure.

“Gabriela has brought great energy and a dynamic creative vision to her role at Chloé, contributing to a period of significant progress for the business, and writing a powerful new chapter in the story of our Maison,” shared President of Chloé Riccardo Bellini. “I would like to warmly thank her for bringing so much of herself to this mission—her passion, drive and values, and for her unwavering commitment to supporting the Maison’s meaningful progression in shaping a more responsible future, true to the legacy of our founder.”

Chloé has not announced who will take the position after Hearst’s departure, though as her final collection for the brand—Spring Summer 2024—is set to debut on September 28th, a successor will likely be announced sooner rather than later.

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