Gabriela Hearst is taking her passion for fashion to the next level. Born in Uruguay, this talented designer and creative director of Chloé is always celebrating her heritage and bringing her Latin roots into her collections.
With impeccable construction and elegant silhouettes, many A-list celebrities are big fans of her unique designs, including Hollywood stars, such as Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Demi Moore, Meghan Markle, Jill Biden, and more.
Growing up on her family’s ranch, Santa Isabel in Paysandu, surrounded by horses, cattle and sheep, Gabriela quickly found inspiration and purpose from a very young age.
“I was designing everybody ‘s Quinceañera dresses. I was six years old when I watched Cinderella. When she got help from the little mouse and bird to do the dress, I was immediately transfixed by the idea that you can make clothes. And so I went to my grandmother’s closet, took her lace gowns and started cutting them into a dress”
Her latest collection reflects her spirit Uruguayan roots, elaborating highly elegant designs with equestrian touches, including leather coats and ensembles with complex patterns.
Gabriela also introduced her popular collection of Handbags in 2016, maintaining the idea of sustainability. In 2018 she was appointed to the board of trustees of ‘Save the Children’ and opened her first flagship store, located on Madison Avenue in New York. Which was followed by the launch of her London store in 2019.
She is also known for having produced the first-ever carbon-neutral runway show. And among her incredible achievements, Gabriela has won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear. She was also the recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award, and in 2020 she received the Frank Alvah Parsons Award, the American Womenswear Designer of the Year Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards, and was awarded as an Environment Honoree by The British Fashion Council.
“You just have to stick to what you believe in and go your own path,” the designer has said about her incredible success, explaining that “the moment you put your own name on the label, you can no longer hide behind it. The integrity and conscience of the product reflect you. The clothes represent what you believe in, so you have to set the bar very high.”