Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton-approved designer Gabriela Hearst is announced new creative director of luxury French fashion house Chloé
- Meghan Markle, 39, and Kate Middleton, 38, both worn Gabriela Hearst designs
- Eco-friendly designer has been announced the new creative director of Chloé
- Uruguay-born, New York based designer is a favourite of the Duchess of Sussex
An eco-friendly designer loved by Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has been announced the new creative director of luxury brand Chloé.
Gabriela Hearst, originally from Uruguay, whose New-York based label turned five earlier this year, is set to take over the reigns at French fashion house.
The designer is known for her green credentials, with her first runway show for autumn/winter 2017 produced to have as low as an environmental impact as possible.
Gabriela Hearst, an eco-friendly designer who is beloved by Kate Middleton, 38, and Meghan Markle, 39, has been announced the new creative director of luxury brand Chloé
Earlier this summer, Kate opted to wear a blue midi dress designed by Hearst as she joined Prince William, 38, and their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, to meet with Sir David Attenborough at Kensington Palace.
Meanwhile Meghan often wore the American designer during her time in the royal family.
Most notably, she carried a small green clutch by Gabriella during her final official royal appearance at the Commonwealth Service in March of this year.
She also donned one of the designer’s stunning black midi length satin gowns during her tour of Australia and New Zealand in October 2018.
The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a design from the New-York based brand earlier this summer while meeting with Sir David Attenborough
The Duchess went on to wear the designer throughout her pregnancy with son Archie, carrying bags from the South American while visiting Birkenhead and West Sussex.
The designer focuses on sustainability with her designs, sourcing deadstock materials and opting for eco-friendly fabrics like linen, as well as choosing to use recycled yarns whenever she can.
In a statement, she said: ‘I am grateful for an opportunity at such a beloved brand as Chloé,
Gabriela, originally from Uruguay, whose New-York based label turned five earlier this year, is take over the reigns at French fashion house
‘I am thankful to Natacha Ramsay-Levi and all the other extraordinary designers that have come before her and helped build on the purposeful vision of Gaby Aghion.
‘I am excited for the opportunity to work under the leadership of Riccardo Bellini and support him in his commitment to create a business that is socially conscious and in balance with our environment.’
Gabriela will continue to design her own line and will split her time between New York and Paris for the role, with her first Chloé collection set to be unveiled in March.
The Duchess of Sussex was a huge fan of the brand during her time in the royal family, stepping out carrying the designer’s handbags during her final royal appearance in March (left) and during her pregnancy (right)
She previously revealed she felt ‘honoured’ that Meghan was such a fan of her designs.
Speaking to Vogue, the New-York based designer said: ‘What did I do to deserve that kind of karma?
‘To have these women who are such good role models carry your bags is a huge honour… but, because we have such limited quantities we can’t really maximise on it apart from brand awareness.’