Luxury British fashion house LK Bennett has confirmed its chief executive Didier Drouet has left the womenswear retailer.

Drouet has stepped down after just a year-and-a-half at the helm. A spokesperson for the retailer did not give a reason for his departure.

He will be replaced by Robert Bensoussan, who has been an investor ‎in LK Bennett and its chairman since July 2008.

"We wish Mr Drouet every success in his new ventures," the spokesperson said.