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Chemena Kamali is Chloe's new designer

Kamali was previously women's design director at Saint Laurent and worked for Chloe early in her career

Designer Gabriela Hearst (in red T-shirt) gestures at the end of the Chloe fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024, in Paris on 28 September (AFP)

By AFP

LAST PUBLISHED 09.10.2023  |  05:18 PM IST

French luxury brand Chloe announced Monday it had appointed a new creative director, Chemena Kamali, in the latest reshuffle among the big houses.

Born in Germany in 1981, Kamali was previously women's design director at Saint Laurent and worked for Chloe early in her career.

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She replaces Gabriela Hearst, who held her last show for the brand at Paris Fashion Week last month, having been in charge only three years.

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"I have always had a deep connection with Chloe since the day I walked through its doors more than 20 years ago. This return is both natural and very personal," Kamali said in a statement from Chloe's Swiss parent group Richemont group.

The fashion world has seen a lot of reshuffling in recent months.

While Louis Vuitton went with a mega-celebrity approach by appointing musician Pharrell Williams to its top post, most brands are preferring low-profile but technically accomplished artisans.

Alexander McQueen last week named a little-known newcomer, Sean McGirr, as only the third creative director in the brand's 30-year history.

Gucci replaced its star designer Alessandro Michele with the quieter presence of Sabato de Sarno over the summer.

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Kamali will present her first pre-collection for Chloe in Paris in January 2024, followed by her autumn-winter 2024 collection at Paris Fashion Week the following month.

Chloe CEO Riccardo Bellini said in the statement: "Chemena's vision, inspired by her unwavering bond with Chloe, will highlight the unique DNA of the house." 

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