Serge Ruffieux, the creative director of Carven is to leave the label after just three seasons.
His departure comes following the acquisition of the French fashion house by Chinese clothing company Icicle. In a statement released to WWD a spokesperson for the company said, “We recognize Serge Ruffieux’s great talent but we need time to evaluate the situation and make decisions that are the most appropriate to accompany the relaunching of Carven notably for what concerns creative direction and style.”
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Swiss-born Ruffieux was appointed creative director of the label in February 2017, overseeing all ready-to-wear and accessories. The designer had previously come from Dior where, along with his partner Lucie Meier, he led the design team under Raf Simons, producing the Autumn 2016, Resort 2017, and Autumn and Spring 2016 Haute Couture collections for the house.
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During his three seasons at the helm of Carven, Ruffieux injected a younger, more urban spirit into the heritage brand. The designer’s next move is unclear but, well known for his ability to inject a sense of fun and frivolity into a label, he will no doubt be highly in demand.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.
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