"I am so grateful for the contributions Yvan brought to DVF and fully support him as he takes the next step in his career," Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement released by the company Tuesday. "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. 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." As of now, the company says it has no plans to replace him.
With stints at Chloé, Valentino, and Gucci under his belt, Mispelaere was largely credited with bringing a renewed sense of polish, as well as a refined eye for color, to the DVF brand. The collection he and von Furstenberg presented for Fall 2012, for example, was one of that season's more memorable New York Fashion Week shows. And though Spring 2013, shown only a few days ago at Lincoln Center, somewhat lacked that same sense of power and focus, it was still plenty gorgeous. One has to wonder if that lack of cohesion was the result of Mispelaere knowing he may have soon been on his way out.
"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," Mispelaere said in the statement. "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." Yvan, we're looking forward to that too.