Gabriela Hearst, the creative force behind Chloé for the past three transformative years, is bidding farewell to her role as the brand’s creative director. Chloé has confirmed the rumors, and with her departure, Hearst is preparing to enter a new chapter.
Gabriela Hearst’s Sustainable Vision
Joining the Chloé family in March 2021, the Uruguayan designer brought with her a strong focus on sustainability, which she had embodied in her namesake brand. Under her creative direction, Chloé embraced a purpose-driven future for fashion, becoming a certified B Corp in October 2021. This designation marked the brand’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
During her time at Chloé, Hearst spearheaded several sustainability initiatives. One notable milestone was the introduction of a social impact measurement tool in 2022, showcasing the brand’s dedication to transparency and accountability. Taking it a step further, Chloé launched a resale program that utilized digital IDs for tracking, ensuring authenticity and traceability in the secondhand market. The collaboration with Atelier Jolie, Angelina Jolie’s fashion brand, showcased Hearst’s passion for craftsmanship and sustainability. The womenswear capsule collection celebrated artisans’ work while incorporating lower-impact materials. This collaboration exemplified Hearst’s commitment to ethical and environmentally conscious fashion.
A Fond Farewell – Hearst’s Reflections
As she prepares to bid adieu to Chloé, Gabriela Hearst expressed her gratitude for the brand. She leaves with immense pride in the positive changes they achieved, putting both people and the environment at the forefront of their design perspective. Hearst lauded Chloé’s history of strong female leaders and left a clear message that a woman can indeed do it all and have fun while doing so.
It’s known that the company remains committed to female designers, following the footsteps of its inspirational founder, Gaby Aghion. Among the potential candidates, Chemena Kamali stands out. Kamali, currently the design director for women’s ready-to-wear at Saint Laurent, has prior experience with Chloé, having served as head of design for ready-to-wear and design director for pre-collections from 2012 to 2015. Though the brand has not commented on the matter, anticipation builds as the world awaits the next chapter in Chloé’s history. With Gabriela Hearst’s final collection set to be showcased during Paris Fashion Week on September 28th, it promises to be a celebration of joy and creativity. As we bid adieu to one chapter, we eagerly anticipate the new direction Chloé will take with the arrival of a new creative visionary.
When it comes to fashion trends, New York always has the best to offer. And, with the New York Fashion Week kicking off, the streets are flooded with none other than comfy loafers and sneakers. New Yorkers are very practical people, but that doesn’t stop them from trying the most extraordinary shoe trends. You can easily spot people strolling in Chelsea boots and bomber jackets. The Cowboy boots have only started gaining attention across the globe after Kendall Jenner was seen wearing them. So, if you are still deciding which shoes to wear to work today, check out these street-style trends from the Fall/Winter 2023 season.
1. Cuban Heels
Giuseppe Zanotti presented smooth leather Cuban heels with neat rows of round crystal on them. This fall ’23 trend can be seen on the streets of NYC, especially the white, easy pull-on ankle silhouette heels.
2. Nike Shoes
Nike Zoom Vomero 5 made a return to the spotlight, being the most comfortable go-to shoe that works with every outfit. New York people have also started wearing Nike’s golf-inspired “Grass” edition Air Max 1s.
3. Rihanna’s Salomon’s
Apart from Fashion Week, when Rihanna entered the Super Bowl in her Salomon’s, the trend quickly caught light in New York. Yet another pair of red MM6 Maison Margiela X Salomon Cross Low that was spotted worn by New Yorkers.
4. Dion Lee Knee Boots
Dion Lee offers everything from cut-out boots to thigh-high stilettos. But what hit New York best were the chunky-soled black leather knee-length boots with a distinct slouch to them. The boot belongs to the designer’s snake-shedding-its-skin theme of the collection.
During Paris Fashion Week, Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson presented a series of beautiful loafers with a fuzzy texture and curved heels. The exact footwear was seen worn by actress Sydney Sweeney in Tory Burch’s spring 2023 collection campaign.