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Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant depart Courreges

Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant depart Courreges

Co-creative directors Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant are exiting Courreges.

The French fashion designers were appointed to the helm of the revamped heritage brand in May 2015, but are now departing their posts to focus on "new creative projects".

Taking to Instagram to share the news, Vaillant posted a montage video of photos from his time at the label, which he captioned: "Thank you everyone who was part of this adventure. See you soon, Sebastien & Arnaud."

In a statement, Courreges president Francois Le Menaheze said that the decision for the designers to leave was mutual and a successor had not yet been chosen.

Meyer and Vaillant were hired by advertising executives Jacques Bungert and Frederic Torloting, who acquired Courreges in 2011 from the brand's founder Andre Courreges. Courreges, a trained civil engineer turned fashion designer, was known for his streamlined 1960s garments, and defined the go-go boot and along with Mary Quant, is one of the designers credited with inventing the miniskirt.

The design duo was tasked with modernising Courreges, and for their debut spring/summer 16 collection took an unconventional approach by simply unveiling 15 items.

"We felt too much information and too many choices are major issues in a woman's life in 2016," they said at the time, according to Business of Fashion.

Meyer and Vaillant met in 2009 at Mod'Art International Paris, where they collaborated on various projects and won first prize for Mod'Art International 2010. They then went on to launch their own womenswear brand, Coperni Femme, in 2013, with the label winning the ANDAM First Collections Prize the following year.

While they put Coperni Femme on hold to work at Courreges, it is not yet known if they will resurrect the label.

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