By Pema Bakshi

Gabriela Hearst is Leaving Chloé After 3 Years

Au revoir to an iconic pairing.
Gabriela Hearst leaves chloe

After three years with French fashion house Chloé, Gabriela Hearst is stepping down from her role as creative director.

According to reportsthe Uruguayan designer hopes to focus on her eponymous label, as well as other ongoing projects.

Gabriela Hearst
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: Gabriela Hearst attends Lycée Français de New York – Gala 2023 Leading with Purpose, Honoring Gabriela Hearst and Philippe Cousteau, Jr. at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Having landed the coveted role from Natacha Ramsay-Levi in 2020, who helmed the brand for three years herself, Hearst’s first collection for the Maison debuted in March 2021 with a stunning Fall collection.

A final farewell is slated for the Spring/Summer 2024 collection at Paris Fashion Week in September.

Quannah Chasinghorse at Chloe Runway
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30: Quannah Chasinghorse walks the runway during the Chloe Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show by Gabriela Hearst as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Bringing her effortless elegance and bohemian edge to the 70-year-old brand, Hearst has always designed for the modern woman.

And under Hearst’s leadership, Chloé became a leading luxury brand in the sustainability arena. In 2021, it became the first luxury fashion label to achieve the Corp B Certification — an achievement handed only to those who practice positive social and environmental impact to the highest degree. The work certainly resonated with consumers, too, as Hearst and Chloé CEO Riccardo Bellini reported in February that revenue for the house had risen 60 percent.

Having long been an advocate for better environmental practices in fashion, the designer has made some serious strides towards instigating change in her career. In 2018, she staged the first carbon-neutral fashion show during New York Fashion Week, with 25 per cent of her collections crafted from deadstock material. “I always tell my clients, ‘Do not buy a lot, buy what you need, what you want, what you want to pass down,’ she writes on her site.

Going out on a high note, Chloé has also announced a joint project with Angelina Jolie‘s newest fashion venture Atelier Jolie for an exclusive ready-to-wear collection. Co-designed by Hearst and Jolie, the collaboration will uphold both brands’ commitment to reinforcing responsible and ethical practices in the design and manufacturing processes.

Currently, there is no known succession plan, but with many brand heads stepping down lately, notable shifts are set to take the fashion industry with many houses particularly looking to attract new markets.

This story first appeared on GRAZIA USA.