Pieter Mulier (Photo: Alaïa)

Pieter Mulier will officially succeed the late Azzedine Alaïa, taking over as the maison’s new creative director, announced today by Alaïa’s CEO, Myriam Serrano.

Mulier—long known for his work with Raf Simons, Jil Sander, Dior, and (most recently) as the global creative director for Calvin Klein—will assume the role immediately. He’s also set to debut his first Alaïa collection for spring 2022.

“Through the creative prodigy and tenacious dedication of our dear founder Azzedine Alaïa, our Maison has been defined by a powerful vision of femininity and sensuality, which will forever set us apart,” said Serrano in a press release. The French-Tunisian designer, of which the fashion house takes its name, passed away in 2017. “Pieter stands out with remarkable technical talent and devotion to the craft, a sharp eye for construction and a sense of timeless beauty that is deeply ingrained in the creative approach of our Maison. He combines these qualities with keen intellect, true generosity and unwavering humanity, which fills me with the greatest confidence in his creative leadership and innovative powers. His appointment marks the opening of an important new chapter for our Maison as we jointly seek to carry the foundational values and distinctive style of Alaïa into the future.”

Mulier, too, expressed a sense of responsibility in upholding the prodigious fashion house’s legacy.

“Always ahead of his time and open to all arts and cultures, Azzedine Alaïa’s powerful vision has served as an inspiration, as he always sought to give the necessary time to innovative and enduring creation,” he said. “It is with this tremendous sense of admiration and responsibility that I will seek to carry forward his legacy of celebrating femininity and placing women at the heart of creation.”

This story originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US