Virginie Viard is leaving her role as Chanel’s chief credit officer after 37 years with the brand.

Designer Virginie Viard is leaving her position as Chanel creative director, which she has held for 5 years. He worked at the fashion house for 37 years, was Karl Lagerfeld’s right-hand man, and was the first person to succeed the great couturier after his death. Vogue Business reported that the designer left Chanel.

Virginie Viard. Photo: Getty Images

“Chanel confirmed the departure of Virginie Viard after a rich five-year collaboration as artistic director of fashion collections, during which Chanel was able to update the fashion house’s code without losing its creative heritage,” the statement said. It was also reported that the name of the new creative director will be announced very soon.

Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard. Photo: Getty Images

Virginie Viard came to Chanel as an intern in 1987, and what followed was a true creative match with the fashion house. The designer managed to become Karl Lagerfeld’s closest colleague. Therefore, after his death, the fashion community had no doubts about who would replace him in this position. In 2019, when the seemingly permanent fashion designer’s health began to rapidly deteriorate, Virginie Viard made her first bow after exhibiting her new collection alone.

Virginie Viard. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, rumors have already emerged online about who Chanel’s new creative director might be. Again, according to rumors, designer Hedi Slimane, who will soon leave Celine, is said to be Virginie Viard’s successor.

Source: People Talk

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