Gabriela Hearst has always had a knack for creating incredible and original pieces season after season. From bold colors to classic silhouettes, Hearst evolves her creations to be modern yet timeless, unique but not a coming-and-going trend. The Uruguayan born designer got her start with $700 and an idea for making silk-screen prints on T-shirts in 2004 in Brooklyn. After expanding her brand Candela in 2006 to include ready-to-wear and shoes, she eventually moved on to develop her own eponymous brand in 2015, and her styles quickly took notice from the elite and well-heeled It Girls of New York City and the world. Yesterday it was announced that Gabriela Hearst would become the new Creative Director of Chloé (the first non-European to take on the role), replacing Natacha Ramsay-Levi who has run the brand for the last 4 years.
“I am grateful for an opportunity at such a beloved brand as Chloé…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,” Hearst said in a statement.
Over the years Hearst’s style for her brand and quality of her leather goods has been compared to that of Hermès, but her mix of eclectic taste with refined style will be interesting (and very exciting!) to see during her reign at Chloé. Hearst will also be continuing her role as designer for the Gabriela Hearst brand. I’ve rounded up some of Gabriela Hearst’s most innovative looks, including pieces from her most recent collection in Milan in October and my faves worn by celebs (and royalty!) over the years, check it out below!