COUNTER TOP: Anne-Valérie Hash’s contract as creative director of Comptoir des Cotonniers isn’t being renewed, WWD has learned. The brand, controlled by Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., confirmed Hash’s contract is to end on May 31. “The company and Anne-Valérie Hash jointly decided not to renew her contract beyond this date,” a spokeswoman for Fast Retailing said.
It’s understood her successor has yet to be named. “The current design team is to ensure the collection,” the spokeswoman noted.
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Hash’s first collection for Comptoir des Cotonniers was for the fall 2015 season (she’s also behind the spring and fall 2016 collections.) Under her creative leadership, Charlotte Gainsbourg and her 13-year-old daughter Alice were tapped to appear in Comptoir des Cotonniers’ campaigns, as the French chain marked its 20th anniversary and highlighted its legacy of dressing mothers and daughters. The actress and her daughter wore the first two collections designed by Hash in campaigns photographed by Alasdair McLellan. They are also the faces of the brand’s first capsule collection with premium denim brand J Brand — another label of the Fast Retailing portfolio that includes Uniqlo — due to hit stores on Feb. 24. Hash worked alongside J Brand’s head of design Mary Bruno on the project.
Hash shuttered her 13-year-old signature label in 2014 amid challenging economic times for independent fashion companies. A graduate of the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Hash received France’s ANDAM Prize in 2003.