Yvan Mispelaere has left Diane von Furstenberg after spending just two-and-a-half years as the company’s creative director.
Mispelaere, whose resume includes time spent at Gucci, Chloé, and Valentino, stepped down just two days after DVF’s spring 2013 show (which, for what it’s worth, we loved), and only three weeks after Joel Horowitz was named cochairman, WWD says. In a company press release, Mispelaere said the following:
“I came to DVF to help further the brand’s mission and create a world-class design team. I am confident we have been able to achieve that during my time with the company. I can’t thank Diane enough for the opportunity to work with her and such talented people. The group is now well-positioned for even greater success, and I am eager to take on my next challenge.”
He could not be reached for further comment, but von Furstenberg made the following statement:
“I am so grateful for the contributions Yvan brought to DVF and fully support him as he takes the next step in his career. Yvan joined us almost three years ago and has added enormous value. He also put together a highly skilled design team to support our growth both in fashion and accessories,” von Furstenberg said. “I am very thankful and proud of his accomplishments here and I look forward to our strong team continuing to create the signature DVF look for women everywhere.”
DVF will not seek a replacement for Mispelaere, but instead von Furstenberg will continue to direct the design team herself. We’re interested to see what directions both Mispelaere and DVF take going forward!