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ICYMI: Dries Van Noten steps down, Pierpaolo leaves Valentino and Tyler, the Creator’s LV collection drops
By Barry Pierce | Fashion | 24 March 2024

Above:Backstage at Dries Van Noten FW16 menswear. Photography Raffaele Cariou.

This article is part of ICYMI – Your weekly fashion news bulletin

Time flies, so to keep you in the loop, we’ve rounded up all the important snippets of fashion news from the past seven days into one neat feature. This week includes the new Louis Vuitton x Tyler, the Creator drop, H&M’s next collab and an A.P.C. EP. 

Dries Van Noten is stepping down from his namesake label
Dries Van Noten this week announced that he will be stepping down from his namesake brand after 37 years at the helm. He rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s as a member of the Antwerp Six, a group of designers from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts that also includes Walter Van Beirendonck and Ann Demeulemeester.

In a letter sent to the press, Van Noten wrote, “I want to shift my focus to all the things I never had the time for. I’m sad, but at the same time happy, to let you know that I will step down at the end of June. I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand.”

More info here.

Pierpaolo Piccioli is leaving Valentino
Another shock departure, Pierpaolo Piccioli announced he is leaving his role as creative director at Valentino having taken the role in 2016 and worked at the House for 25 years.

In a letter announcing his move, Piccioli said: “Not all stories have a beginning or an end, some live a kind of eternal present that shines so bright that it won’t produce any shadows. I’ve been in this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I’ve existed and I’ve lived with the people who have woven the weaves of this beautiful story that is mine and ours.”

Valentino FW24 look 40

Courrèges’ Nicolas Di Felice is Jean Paul Gaultier’s next guest designer
Since his appointment as creative director of Courrèges in 2020, Nicolas Di Felice has brought a cultural resurgence to the French house, transforming it from an icon of 1960s Paris to a brand beloved by the 21st-century it-girl. Now, Di Felice will be Jean Paul Gaultier’s seventh guest couturier, following on from Simone Rocha’s coquettish collection last season and joining the likes of Haider Ackerman, Glenn Martens, Chitose Abe and Olivier Rousteing who have all had a spot at the helm of the French house since the retirement of Gaultier in 2020.

More info here.

The Louis Vuitton x Tyler, the Creator capsule finally dropped
The wait is over! The Louis Vuitton x Tyler, the Creator capsule collection came out this week. Marking the first major capsule drop under Pharrell Williams’ leadership, the capsule fuses the signature preppy sophistication popularised by Tyler, the Creator with the elegant dandy dressing established by Pharrell Williams at LV.

If you want to get your hands on any of it though, you’ll have to be quick!

More info here.

Timothée Adolphe is Louis Vuitton’s latest Olympic House Ambassador
Ahead of the Paralympic Games taking place in Paris this summer, Louis Vuitton has announced their seventh (and final) Olympic House Ambassador – Timothée Adolphe. Adolphe is a blind polyvalent athlete who specialises in sprinting events and has risen through the ranks to become one of France’s most lauded athletes, winning a silver medal at Tokyo 2021 and earning the nickname guépard blanc, or the white leopard.

H&M’s next major collaboration is with Rokh
For the latest of its much-loved designer collaborations, H&M is teaming up with emerging brand Rokh for a collection full of elevated takes on wardrobe staples. Bringing Korean designer Rok Hwang’s exacting eye for cut and proportion to a roster of archetypal pieces, the collection promotes deconstructed workwear icons and delivers adaptable designs that encourage personal expression.

The collection will launch in selected stores and online at on April 18th

A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou released an EP
Inspired by a trip to his native Tunis in December 2022, Jean Touitou has dropped a two-track EP called Canada. Recorded in the A.P.C. studio, the EP’s two tracks Canada and Ode au Cimetière du Borgel are an expression of Touitou’s memories of his home country. ‘Canada’ is a song that has the rare distinction of being in both minor and major modes, whilst ‘Ode au Cimetière du Borgel’ is an exercise of Proustian involuntary memory, triggered by a visit to places of family memories, including the cemetery where his grandparents are buried.

Listen to the EP here.

Dior dropped the Jolie bag
An emblem of Dior timeless elegance, the Dior Jolie bag – presented as part of the Dior spring-summer 2024 ready-to-wear collection dreamed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri – is distinguished by its contemporary, structured silhouette, dressed in smooth black leather and adorned with the iconic graphics of cannage. The Jolie reflects the House’s heritage with a refined clasp comprising the gilded letters “CD”, a detail subtly enhanced by a freshwater pearl.

Gant released its new 240 Mulberry Street collection
Named after the brand’s studio in Nolita, Lower Manhattan, the SS24 collection pays homage to the brand’s roots by embracing a distinctly NYC energy and aesthetic. Shot by renowned photographer Kat Irlin against the city’s architectural backdrop, the collection reimagines timeless Americana symbols and silhouettes such as the Varsity jacket, modern Ivy League tailoring and youthful casual shapes.

Shop the collection here.

C.P. Company x Kiko Kostadinov
It’s a match that simply makes sense. Mixing C.P. Company’s utilitarian design codes and Kiko’s abstract functionality, the two brands join forces to create a capsule featuring three key pieces: a Flatt Nylon gabardine jacket featuring a front insert that can be removed and transformed into a zipped bag, cargo trousers with zip closure and side pockets, and a hooded sweatshirt made from cotton blended with Flatt Nylon, cast in vibrant green with contrast stitching.

The collaboration is available now on and in flagship stores in Milan and London.


Meller sunnies
Celebrating diversity and individuality, sunglasses brand Meller’s latest collection sees them turn the auditioning process into a campaign. Here, eight characters take on playful aliases, each with their signature eyewear frame. As for the collection itself, it’s all angular silhouettes, 70s tones and soft angles – ideal for the upcoming summer season.

Shop the collection.


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