PARIS — Don’t expect a new face to come out at the end of the Chloé runway during Paris Fashion Week this fall.
Yvan Mispelaere, a key member of the design team since the January resignation of designer Phoebe Philo, will take the bows next season, a Chloé spokesman said Thursday.
Mispelaere, in the midst of preparations for the spring-summer 2007 show in October, also is being given credit for Chloé’s pre-spring collection, which the spokesman said was “well received” by the trade.
He declined to comment on whether a successor to Philo has been identified.
Last season, a trio of designers — Mispelaere, Blue Farrier and Adrian Appiolazza — took the bows for a fall collection of loose smocks, silky blousons and boxy coats.
Sales at Chloé more than doubled last year, and parent Compagnie Financière Richemont has said the firm’s momentum has been unaffected by the departure of Philo and is growing “beyond expectations.”
Philo, who helped catapult the brand with her feminine designs and coveted handbags, resigned to spend more time with her family and new baby, Maya.