In the ever-evolving world of fashion, few names have stood the test of time with the grace and innovation of Dries Van Noten. Now, the Belgian designer has announced his decision to step down as Creative Director of his namesake label. A move that marks the end of an era.

Van Noten’s journey began in 1986, and his rise to prominence was meteoric. As a member of the “Antwerp Six,” he, alongside contemporaries like Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester, redefined the fashion industry throughout the 1990s. His designs were not just clothes, but statements of art, culture, and individuality.

For 38 years, Van Noten has been at the forefront of the fashion scene, consistently delivering collections that are as much a feast for the senses as they are wearable. His unique vision has been a guiding light in an industry often criticized for its fleeting trends and constant change. Yet, in a statement that reflects his thoughtful nature, Van Noten expressed a desire to explore life beyond the runway. “I want to shift my focus to all the things I never had time for,” he said, signaling a shift towards personal growth and exploration.

The announcement of his departure comes with a bittersweet acknowledgment of the need for fresh perspectives. “I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” Van Noten remarked. This generous gesture is a testament to his belief in the cyclical nature of creativity and the importance of nurturing new voices in the fashion dialogue.


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As the SS25 womenswear collection looms on the horizon, the fashion house, now under the stewardship of Spanish perfume conglomerate Puig, faces the difficult task of finding a successor capable of carrying the torch Van Noten has held for so long. The collection, to be designed by his studio, will serve as a bridge between the past and the future, a final homage to Van Noten’s legacy before a new chapter unfolds.