Chloé Spring 2018: welcome Natacha!
Who is Natacha Ramsey-Levi? Natacha Ramsay-Levi has acted as Nicolas Ghesquière’s right-hand woman since his appointment in 2013, and was the link between he, the boss, and his dozens-strong creative team. Prior to Louis Vuitton, Natacha had also worked with Ghesquière for more than a decade at Balenciaga after joining his team as an intern in 2002 and rising to become his design director there until he took her with him on his departure. She studied at the Paris 8 University and at Studio Berçot, a private French fashion institution that counts Isabel Marant and Nicole Farhi among its Alumni.
“In her new role, Natacha will embody the spirit of Chloé, a maison founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion whose vision was to give women the freedom to dare to be themselves,” read a statement from the Chloé the morning Ramsay-Levi appointment as creative director was announced. She is the first French woman installed at Chloé since Martine Sitbon was appointed in 1988.
Abou the Spring Summer 2018 collection: “I want to give women the opportunity to show their inner strength, not their power. That’s the personality of the woman I am drawn to,” Natacha said in a statement ahead of the show. In fact, Ramsay-Levi’s approach was to look at the entire history of the house and lift a little bit from all of her predecessors. From Lagerfeld came the idea for the painted dresses, only hers are crisp cotton, not silk, and painted with auspicious symbols like eyes and hands. McCartney and Philo both liked horses, and Ramsay-Levi’s chevaux were embroidered on trim velvet tailoring. She said she took a sense of lightness from Waight Keller, indicating the floaty micro-floral print dresses. Even Hannah MacGibbon got a nod via a pair of slouchy camel pants.