The year's nonstop bout of designer musical chairs shows no signs of slowing down, even with just two weeks left of 2017: On Friday, Jonathan Saunders announced his resignation from his position as chief creative officer of DVF, effective immediately. His last collection for the brand will be the Pre-Fall 2018 range, which was recently presented this month.
"I am grateful for Diane's support and for the opportunity of guiding this iconic brand," said Saunders in a statement. "I am so proud of everything we have accomplished in the past 18 months. I thank the incredible team for their dedication and support, and will continue to be a friend and admirer of the brand."
The Scottish designer joined the New York-based legacy label in May 2016 — putting his own namesake line on hold — during which point he was tasked with "the overall creative direction of the brand" as Diane von Furstenberg, the woman, took a step back from the company she founded in 1972. In Saunders's 19 months at the label, he did indeed hit the reset button; his collections were critically acclaimed, also favoring a more low-key, appointment-only presentation format over the Instagram-friendly spectacles that von Furstenberg had put on for seasons prior. In September 2016, four months after Saunders's hiring, von Furstenberg referred to Saunders as her "perfect match" during an appearance on "Charlie Rose." But later that fall, the brand's CEO Paolo Riva stepped down after just 18 months, his resignation coming at a transitional time for the company.
Additionally, Business of Fashion reports that Saunders "faced some degree of friction" with von Furstenberg, noting that he "insisted he was copied in on all of Furstenberg's email communications with the team" and that he also "asked Von Furstenberg not to come to his first presentation for the brand."
As for who might replace Saunders? The musical chairs continues.
Note: This story has been updated to include confirmation from DVF.