Courrèges Designers Meyer and Vaillant Exit After 2 Years

Courrèges Designers Meyer and Vaillant Exit After 2 Years

A mod house continues to look for its modern look.

A mod house continues to look for its modern look.

Text: Megan Kasselberg

Courrèges announced in a press release today that Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant will be leaving the Paris fashion house, making Autumn/Winter 2017 their final season with the brand. The new Courrèges president François Le Ménahèze, hired in April, will release the name of their replacement once the decision has been finalized. 

Meyer and Vaillant were brought on to resurrect the heritage brand and bring it to a global audience, widening its primarily French consumer base. André Courrèges' futuristic designs were admired and heavily copied throughout the '60s, and his child-like space gear, A-line skirts, and go-go boots continue to influence today's looks -- the V107 cover and Chanel's Fall 2017 space-themed show come to mind.

French ad execs Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting bought the rights to the Courrèges name in 2011 with the intention of bringing the brand into modern fashion circles. They hired Meyer and Vaillant after the duo's label Coperni Femme won the First Collections Prize at ANDAM in 2014, and was shortlisted for the 2015 LVMH Prize.

For their first Courrèges collection, Spring/Summer 2016, they disregarded the typical full-look approach, and presented 15 items available in 15 materials with their own narration, rooting the design team's public persona in simplicity and categorization. In their final Fall 2017 Collection they focused on knits, jackets, minis, and dresses, and gave a small showroom presentation, which included a video of consultants, stylists, models, and friends styling pieces from the line with their own wardrobes.

Check out the Fall 2017 looks below. We look forward to seeing what will come from the creative minds of Meyer and Vaillant, and what new looks Courrèges will present as it moves forward.

Credits: All photos via Courrèges.

UP NEXT

Tim Walker's Pirelli Calendar Is An Alice In Wonderland Spectacle