PARIS — Yolanda Zobel is leaving Courrèges.
The creative director, who took over the French fashion house in February 2018, is stepping down from her role, according to a company statement.
The decision was mutual, the statement said, with Zobel to focus on “other creative projects.” Neither Courrèges nor the designer was available for further comment.
Zobel’s last collection for the house, corresponding to fall 2020, will be presented at the end of January and will be distributed to selected points of sale.
Relatively unknown before joining Courrèges, Zobel — who grew up in Germany — has for two decades been developing fashion collections for various brands, including Jil Sander, Acne Studios and Chloé, where she served as senior designer under Paulo Melim Andersson between 2006 and 2008.
Upon joining Courrèges, the designer, intent on upping the brand’s sustainability credentials, pledged she would discontinue its production of textured vinyl. The material had become synonymous with the Space Age label, which was founded by André and Coqueline Courrèges in 1961.
Instead, the creative director chose to focus on giving a second life to the brand’s extensive archive of existing plastic garments, as well as working with more natural fabrics such as pure cotton or, for spring 2020, algae-based