Clare Waight Keller to leave Chloé

British designer Clare Waight Keller will depart French fashion house Chloé. The womenswear collection that will take the runway in Paris on 2 March will be her last, ending her six-year tenure at the helm of the of the house.

“Clare has been a remarkable partner at Chloé over the past six years,” Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, Chloé’s president, told Business of Fashion. “She helped rejuvenate the legacy of Gaby Aghion, the first ever Chloé girl, by infusing a cool and easy breeze into the Chloé wardrobe, effortlessly mixing graceful and feminine ‘flou’ with a free-wheeling and boyish take on tailoring.”

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Models backstage at Chloé’s Spring/Summer 2017 show

While fashion insiders have been speculating on the departure for weeks, Chloé is yet to name Waight Keller’s successor. Natacha Ramsay-Levi, right hander to Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, is rumoured to be a front runner for the creative director role.


Benefit Cosmetics to open first NZ boutique

Beauty buffs rejoice – covetable San Francisco-born beauty house, Benefit Cosmetics is set to open its very first New Zealand boutique this March. The playful brand’s boutique will open the doors in Auckland’s hip suburb of Ponsonby. As well as being able to shop the range of Benefit’s iconic products, the boutique will offer on-the-spot “make-uppers”, brow shaping, lash and brow tinting, waxing and airbrush spray tanning. In other words, it’s bound to become your one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs.