Designer Dish. Creative Director Jenden Leaves DVF to Pursue Own Label

February 5, 2010 • Fashion

Nathan Jenden and Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg is preparing to kiss her creative director goodbye following the Fall 2010 shows. Nathan Jenden, DVF's creative director since 2001, has decided to leave the label amicably after the February 14th New York runway show. “I felt like it is now or never,” said Jenden. “These nine years have
been a large part of my life. I am so proud of knowing Diane, and so
proud of the journey we have taken together".
Jenden's decision came from a desire to focus on his own eponymous label, which he launched in 2006. Jenden was responsible for much of the label's recent growth, and has even been credited with re-establishing the Diane von Furstenberg name as a fashion brand. DVF herself returned the favor with exposing Jenden's profile to the industry and networking him out to New York's biggest fashion names.

Now her novice will be laying the groundwork for his own empire, without a moment to waste. Jenden will board a plane immediately following the DVF runway show, which will whisk him to his hometown of London to prepare for his own label's show during London Fashion Week. Jenden will be replaced at Diane von Furstenberg by Yvan Mispeleare, the former Chloe designer who took the bow after the critically acclaimed Phoebe Philo left the label, and who then moved to Gucci as design director. The mutually beneficial relationship between himself and the designer has seemingly left Jenden with nothing but gratitude toward his ultimate style muse. "We have really developed the brand around Diane and her lifestyle and spirit of this woman, Jenden recently told Elle UK. "That brand is established now."

Article and Photo Source: Elle UK
-Alia Rajput

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