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Ann Demeulemeester leaves eponymous fashion label

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 9:29am  ET

FILE - In this file photo of June 14, 2013, Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester, center, sits with other members of the Antwerp Six as she watches the runway show during the annual fashion show of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Demeulemeester announced on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 that she was parting ways with her namesake brand. Other members of the Antwerp Six, from right, Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee. At far left is fashion writer Suzy Menkes. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester of the Antwerp Six fashion group has left her eponymous label.

A representative of the label in Paris said Thursday that "she leaves her label, and the label of Ann Demeulemeester will continue without Ann Demeulemeester for many years."

Demeulemeester has been designing collections since 1987 and said in a handwritten note accompanying her departure that she leaves "a happy and fulfilled person, ready to create new challenges in life."

Antwerp Six were avant-garde designers who helped reshaped Paris fashion landscape in the 1980s-1990s. Demeulemeester was noted for experimenting with cut and drape, turning bourgeois outfits into something slouchy, dark and minimal.

"I always followed my own path," she wrote.

She did not specify her future plans.

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