In what we joked was becoming a weekly occurrence but now actually is, more designers are leaving their positions. This morning, news broke that Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud are out at Carven.
WWD is reporting that the two are leaving “by mutual agreement,” although it still seems odd that they are departing so quickly. Martial and Caillaudaud were announced as the co-artistic directors of the Parisian label in March 2015. This, of course, means they only spent a year in their posts. That's the same amount of time Peter Dundas spent at Roberto Cavalli, and significantly longer than Justin O’Shea spent at Brioni.
One has to wonder if the powers that be at some brands are too focused on runaway success and immediate big numbers than on the long-term, which would give more space for a designer to grow into a position. That being said, it is difficult to find someone who completely understands the ethos of a brand’s heritage while also being able to take it to new places.
A replacement has not yet been named, and there's no news yet on Marial's and Caillaudaud's next steps, but we have a feeling they'll be fine. FU’s Ashley W. Simpson said that their last collection for the house, which showed last month in Paris, had “real street style potential.”