Jil Sander Appoints New Creative Directors

HUSBAND-AND-WIFE DUO. After months of speculation following the recent departure of its creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga, Jil Sander has finally announced a new duo to lead

After the departure of Rodolfo Paglialunga, the previously appointed creative director for Jil Sander of three years, much speculation arose as of who would be best-fitting to replace him. The German fashion house based in Milan, Italy, finally announced that the husband-and-wife duo of Luke and Lucie Meier have been appointed for the role.

The pair are no stranger to the fashion industry, having gained years of experience. Ms. Meier together with Serge Ruffieux led the ready-to-wear and couture studios at Dior under the leadership of Raf Simons. She then took over the creative reins during the time between Simon’s departure and the arrival of Maria Grazia Chiuri. She has also worked for Marc Jacobs, who at that time was the creative director of Louis Vuitton, and Nicolas Ghesquière, then the creative director of Balenciaga. Meanwhile, Mr. Meier is the former creative director at the cult street-wear brand Supreme and the co-founder of the modern urban men’s wear label OAMC. This will be the first time the couple have collaborated on a project.

It is considered a bold move by Jil Sander, recruiting two fairly unknowns at the creative helm, but this seems to be the current trend in the industry as several fashion houses opt for lesser-known names, rather than relying on big-star designers. The Meiers are set to present their first collection for Jil Sander in September in Milan, showcasing a spring/summer 2018 collection. It will be interesting to see whether Mr. Meier’s urban style or Ms. Meier’s creativity will make its way into Jil Sander’s more minimalist style.