Art and design






Life and style








US news

World news

Jonathan Saunders steps down from Diane von Furstenberg role

Jonathan Saunders
Jonathan Saunders was thanked by Diane von Furstenberg for his ‘beautiful work and effort’. Photograph: David Benett/Getty Images

Jonathan Saunders, the chief creative officer of the American fashion house Diane von Furstenberg, has said he is stepping down with immediate effect.

The announcement on Friday will surprise the fashion industry, given that Saunders relocated to New York from London 19 months ago to take up the role, working closely with the brand’s founder Diane von Furstenberg, and has received positive reviews for his womenswear collections to date.

“I am grateful for Diane’s support and for the opportunity of guiding this iconic brand,” he said in a statement.

“I am so proud of everything we have accomplished in the past 18 months. I thank the incredible team for their dedication and support, and will continue to be a friend and admirer of the brand.”

Diane von Furstenberg, established in the 1970s, is famous for its wrap dress and celebration of the female form. Saunders, who previously ran his own-name label for more than a decade until December 2015, was the first creative director von Furstenberg had appointed.

At the time, she said: “Jonathan’s extraordinary passion for colours and prints, his effortless designs and his desire to make women feel beautiful make him the perfect creative force to lead DVF into the future.”

Reacting to Saunders’ announcement, she thanked him for his “beautiful work and the effort and dedication he has put into DVF in the last 18 months. He will leave an important and lasting heritage to the brand”.

The chief creative officer is the latest high-profile fashion figure to announce their departure this year, following the British designer Clare Waight Keller, who left the French fashion house Chloé to replace Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, and Burberry’s chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, who will leave the company next year.

This article titled "Jonathan Saunders steps down from Diane von Furstenberg role" was written by Scarlett Conlon, for The Guardian on Friday 15 December 2017 09.30am


Ralph & Russo unveils a fairytale for Paris fashion week

The aesthetic of Ralph & Russo, the only extant British haute couture house, can be summed up… Read more

Lagerfeld still top of his game with blooming 2018 Chanel collection

In politics, a rose garden strategy refers to an incumbent candidate using the trappings of office… Read more

The best winter nail treatments | Sali Hughes

Do some of your nails get to a certain length, then peel or split? I had three that, however… Read more

Naturally flawless: how to get the ‘no makeup makeup’ look

As much as I have a soft spot for full-face glam, there is nothing I love more than a “no makeup… Read more

Ralph Lauren snow gear and arty socks: what to buy this week

Cult winter fashion Want to bag yourself a piece of fashion folklore? Polo Ralph Lauren is… Read more

Dior Homme looks to win over millennial market at Paris show

Hundreds of teenagers jostled outside the Grand Palais in Paris on Saturday morning, and they… Read more

Autumn/ winter 2018: the key menswear trends

The autumn/winter 2018 menswear shows have wrapped. From the shade of the season to the print to… Read more

Make-up on the move

The cheeky bliss of the sunset-hued Illamasqua Beyond Powder, in (appropriately named) Epic, gives… Read more

How Azzedine Alaïa changed the way we see women's bodies

The king is dead; long live the king. Azzedine Alaïa’s heart failed last November, but his presence… Read more

Céline appoints Hedi Slimane as its new creative director

Hedi Slimane, one of the most iconoclastic and charismatic characters in modern fashion, has been… Read more