After a month jam packed with news of designer departures and arrival, one would assume the odds of yet another designer-brand split were low. Unsurprisingly however, it looks like there was one more no one saw coming: Haider Ackermann’s departure from Berluti.

The French, LVMH-owned brand (traditionally known for its leather goods) and the Columbian-born, Paris-based designer were only together for three seasons. While Ackermann’s menswear pieces for Berluti were lauded for their elegant and timeless design it’s clear that something wasn’t clicking. Regardless, with plenty of critical praise surround the work during his brief tenure, it’s a split that seems damn-near out of left field.

In a statement released by Berluti, Ackermann noted, I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment.

While Ackermann’s successor has not been announced, GQ has speculated that former Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche is next in line at Berluti, citing this quote from Assche’s departure announcement: “Kris Van Assche will continue to express his talent and creativity within the LVMH Group. His next assignment will be announced at a later stage.” Given that Berluti falls under the LVMH umbrella, could this be the house that serves at Van Assche's next home?

While nothing has been confirmed, we’re spending the time wondering what a Kris Van Assche-led Berluti might look like. Regardless, it looks like the designer merry-go-round shows no signs of stopping. Check back to Grailed for more news on who will be announced as the brands new artistic director.

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