January 18, 2021

Courrèges Parts Ways With Design Duo

PARIS – Yet another house is changing creative direction.
Courrèges said Thursday it was parting ways with design duo Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant after two years, describing it as a mutual decision.
“They have accomplished the goal to reinterpret the house codes and distinctive shapes that are synonym of the brand uniqueness and innovative spirit,” the house said in a statement. “The two designers will now focus on new creative projects.”
Francois le Menaheze, appointed president of Courrèges in April, will reveal the brand’s new creative leadership, the statement said.
Meyer and Vaillant caught the industry’s attention with their Coperni label, which won ANDAM’s First Collection Award in 2014.
They showed their last collection for Courrèges at the company’s headquarters in March, standing in front of a large-scale video screen to deliver a speech about the clothes as they were projected behind them.
The designers disclosed their plan to focus on four of their “strength” categories — jackets, miniskirts, knits and the architectural dress — and three core values — optimism, smart design and dialogue.
“We are 27. We are born with the Internet and social media in our blood — it’s like breathing,” Vaillant said. “We live with screens, liking and swiping. It’s second nature.

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