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Chloe Names Hannah MacGibbon Creative Director
March 10th, 2008 @ 11:27 AM - Paris
Chloe on Monday appointed Hannah MacGibbon to be its new creative director, nine days after her predecessor staged his last collection for the house.
MacGibbon succeeds Paulo Melim Andersson, a Swede who held the position for three seasons since October 2008.
MacGibbon is a highly experienced talent, who spent five years at Chloe from 2001 to 2006 working closely with Phoebe Philo, the highly acclaimed British designer who turned Chloe into one of the half dozen hottest labels in fashion.
The appointment was announced by Chloe’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Toledano.
“Hannah has been an integral part of our company for many years and we look forward to the overall creative vision she will bring to the growing world of Chloe,” Toledano said in a release.
Since 2006, MacGibbon has been a consultant to Chloe as creative director for the development and spring 2008 launch of Chloe Parfum. Prior to joining Chloe, she was the assistant director to Valentino Garavani in Rome.
MacGibbon is a graduate of Central St. Martins, the London design school.
While at Chloe, MacGibbon was credited by insiders with bringing a touch of chic to the romantic feminine street style of her then boss Philo.
Andersson’s days had been widely believed to be numbered in fashion circles, as both critics and retailers were noticeably cool toward his three collections for Chloe.
“Paulo is a truly talented designer and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the house. I am totally confident that he will have a very successful career,” added Toledano.
On the Saturday of his final showing, when asked about his future plans for Chloe, Toledano denied any suggestion that Andersson might be replaced. However, given the fact that any new designer needs a full six months to develop their debut collection at a new house, March is traditionally hiring and firing season in fashion. So it has proved again.
Andersson had replaced Yvan Mispelaere, who lasted only one full season, but with the benefit of hindsight garnered far more positive reviews than the Swede.