DVF Creative Director Yvan Mispelaere Dunzo

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After two-and-a-half years of serving as Diane von Furstenberg's creative director, Yvan Mispelaere is stepping down from his role—effective immediately.

The company unexpectedly announced Mispelaere's abrupt departure last night, just two days after Diane von Furstenberg's spring 2013 collection received mixed reviews from critics.

According to a report in WWD, no replacement is imminent and DVF will continue to head up the design team.

The news also comes hot on the tail of the appointment of a new company co-chairman—Joel Horowitz, 35-year industry veteran and co-founder of Tommy Hilfiger.

“I came to DVF to help further the brand’s mission and create a world-class design team," Mispelaere said in a statement. "I am confident we have been able to achieve that during my time with the company. I can’t thank Diane enough for the opportunity to work with her and such talented people. The group is now well-positioned for even greater success, and I am eager to take on my next challenge.”

Hm... We wonder what that will be? Also, if you haven't yet checked it out, here's a peek at DVF's entire spring 2013 collection:

What do you think about Mispelaere's swift exit? And what are your thoughts on the spring collection? Feel free to speculate wildly about why he left in the comments below.