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Yvan Mispelaere joins Roberto Cavalli

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The times they are a-changing in the world of fashion!  The past year and a half has seen a number of appointments, departures and shuffling about of creative directors, including Marc Jacobs’ recent announcement that his AW13 show for Louis Vuitton was to be his last.

Yvan Mispelaere and Diane von Furstenberg

Now, Italian label Roberto Cavalli has appointed its first ever design director – former creative director of Diane von Furstenberg, Yvan Mispelaere.

Mispelaere was linked to a role with Cavalli in July, before the news was officially announced last week.  He will unveil his first collection for the label at Milan Fashion Week next February, for the Autumn/Winter 2014 season.

Mispelaere quite unexpectedly left his creative director role with Diane von Furstenberg in 2012, just two days after he presented the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, ending a two and a half year tenure. 

On his departure, he commented that he was "eager to take on my next challenge", and the label’s founder and namesake Diane von Furstenberg told of the "enormous value" he added to the brand over the course of his tenure. Prior to this, he also held design roles at Valentino, Louis Féraud, Gucci, and is noted as a key contributor to the revival of Chloé during his time there.

While he has worked for a range of predominantly luxury fashion houses, the designer has previously insisted that he is equally comfortable in other price zones, having consulted for a Chinese apparel group and mid-range Italian brand Anteprima.

Intriguingly, Mispelaere studied both science and fine art before deciding to embark on a career in fashion and his love for the Art Deco and Bauhaus periods, perhaps developed during his studies, is noted. Mispelaere is known as a tactile designer, equally skilled in dresses and tailoring, saying "I love the sensuality of materials. There’s something very physical about it."




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