Renowned by the fashion world for bringing a hard-edged whimsy to the romantic, French-girl chic of Gaby Aghion’s Chloé, Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s four-year reign as the brand’s creative director has come to a close. The designer announced her departure early December in a statement detailing her desire for industry change and “how to better align [the changes] them with my own creative, intellectual and emotional values”.
Prior to the designer’s helm at Chloé, Ramsay-Levi worked under Nicolas Ghesquiére, as his right-hand-woman at Balenciaga, and again at Louis Vuitton. Her first collection for Chloé was hailed as a “spectacular debut” by Tim Blanks, describing her designs as what “gave the sweetness of Chloé a slightly eerie edge”. Ramsay-Levi’s take on feminine boheme, and worldly nuance – her many nods to her background in history – that she brought to the runway will most certainly be missed.
Here are FQ’s top ten favourite runway looks from Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s time at Chloé.
It’s no secret that Chloé alumni go on to conquer great things, so no doubt we’ll soon see Ramsay-Levi continue her reign elsewhere, joining the likes of Clare Waight Keller, Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney, and even Karl Lagerfeld himself. Until then, all eyes are on accessories designer Gabriela Hearst, named Ramsay-Levi’s successor, who will showcase her first collection for the luxury fashion house in March 2021.
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