Jil Sander Names New Creative Directors
JIL SANDER has announced this morning that husband-and-wife designers Luke and Lucie Meier are taking the helm at the brand, confirming months of speculation and following the departure of Rodolfo Paglialunga last month.
While both have years of experience in the industry – Lucie has previously worked for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, before heading up, alongside Serge Ruffieux, the design studios at Dior under Raf Simons and taking the reins between his exit and Maria Grazia Chiruri’s arrival, and Luke is the cofounder of menswear brand OAMC – this will be the first time that the couple has worked together.
Jil Sander’s Creative Director Departs
“My mother is a big Jil Sander fan, those were the only designer clothes she would buy,” Lucie told WWD as their appointment was unveiled. “That was my introduction to fashion. She would dress superchic in Jil Sander clothes and I liked their impact, how they would transform her.”
As co-creative directors, the Meiers – who met at the Florence fashion school Polimoda – will work on both menswear and womenswear for the Milan-based fashion house, adopting the coed format, and their first offering will be the pre-collections in June.
“We feel proud and honoured to join this beautiful brand,” they said in a joint statement following the announcement. “We hope to show the affection we have for this brand through our work, as Jil Sander has had such a profound influence on our paths.”
The brand’s chief executive Alessandra Bettari said of the new appointment that “the creation of very clever collections” could be expected from the Meiers’ leadership, given their “vision which is modern, cohesive, and in touch with what is relevant now.”
Their predecessor, Paglialunga, had been creative director at the fashion house for three years – having taken over from the label’s eponymous founder – and showed his last collection for the house at Milan Fashion Week in February.
“We decided to terminate our professional journey with Rodolfo Paglialunga together with the designer himself,” Bettari said at the time. “We want to deeply thank Paglialunga for his great job at Jil Sander and the respect he paid to the brand’s DNA”.