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SAYING GOODBYE DOESN'T GET ANY EASIER. OUR FAVORITE BELGIAN GOTH HAS DECIDED TO MOVE ON FROM HER NAMESAKE BRAND, AND HONESTLY, WE'RE A LITTLE STUNNED BY THE DECISION. THE HISTORY OF A.D. IS A RICH ONE—AND ONE WE'VE SUPPORTED SINCE OUR EARLY ISSUES, AS SEEN IN THIS SLIDESHOW

Ann Demeulemeester, the most famous female member of the Antwerp Six, is known for both her dark references and lighthearted sensibilty. Her collections are unyieldingly innovative, and yet they are always somewhat antiquated in mood, and because of this, her garments have become cult favorites for generations of misfits and fashion (with a capital F) lovers alike. Each season, something Demeulemeester stands out as a must-have (especially her accessories—that mask, those gloves, that chain-mail belt, that veiled hat...), but her close participation in designing these instant classics has reached its untimely end. As Women's Wear Daily announced today, Demeulemeester is leaving the fashion house she started. Apparently, she sent out a handwritten note in the form of a PDF, stating, “A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand Ann Demeulemeester.” She added that the label has “its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me.” So, not to worry? We'll see about that.

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