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I wondered about Integral’s effect on Yohji Yamamoto, Inc.’s future work yesterday, mainly because of the less recent questions surrounding Martin Margiela’s exit from his eponymous label.

Critics wondered if the Fall 2009 collection looked so different because he was gone — Suzy Menkes called it “tragic“.

the empty house (WWD)

the empty house? (WWD)

This month, Diesel boss Renzo Rosso finally admitted that Margiela hasn’t been around.

Margiela Sans Margiela

“Martin has not been there for a long time,” Russo told WGSN. “He is here but not here. We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.”

JCReport’s Twitter dishes more dirty on it —

hears the fallout from an official announcement that Margiela has left the building is severe. Editors have abandoned the house in droves.

I guess the saving grace might be that Integral is an investment firm, while Diesel is, well, a young and cool and upmarket label with its own sense of what marketing should be. Admittedly, I don’t know how exactly they plan to operate, but hopefully Integral’s plans for “[strengthening] retail and wholesale distribution channels” doesn’t translate into too much meddling in Yohji Yamamoto’s aesthetic, or we’ll lose yet another genius.

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