Big news out of Paris this morning: Antwerp-based fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has announced that she is leaving her eponymous label.
Demeulemeester shared the news of her decision via a hand-written letter that was scanned and emailed to members of the press. “A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand Ann Demeulemeester,” she wrote in the letter, adding that she trusts the brand and her team can continue to grow without her.
The 53-year-old designer rose to fame in the 1980s as one of the Antwerp Six, a group of visionaries (which also included Dries van Noten) out of Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Since starting her own label in 1985, she's amassed a cult-like following for her avant-garde, gothic aesthetic.
No word on who will take Demeulemeester's place, but the label will present its Fall 2014 collections for both men and women together on Jan. 27.
Read Demeulemeester's full goodbye letter below, via Nina Garcia's Twitter.