Illustration by Hilton Dresden
The fashion Ferris wheel is back in motion. This time around, German house Jil Sander is gearing up for a new turn. With creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga supposedly set to hop off following his latest Womenswear collection, Jil Sander has reportedly tapped not one, but two designers to steer in his stead. Husband and wife Luke and Lucie Meier have apparently been appointed as joint creative directors of the label, and will design both men’s and women’s collections in tandem.
Following seasons of critically mixed reviews and faltering commercial success, it seems due time for the brand to shake things up. With Paglialunga out, however, the brand just might be poised for a serious comeback. The married team has impressive resumes, covering everything from streetwear to couture. Mr. Meier, once creative director of Supreme, currently designs the highly technical and much lauded menswear line OAMC (formerly Over All Master Cloth). Mrs. Meier most recently oversaw Ready-to-Wear and Couture at Dior underneath Creative Direction of Raf Simons—a Jil Sander alumnus himself. Following his departure, she and design partner Serge Ruffieux took center stage and lead the Dior design team. After Maria Grazia Chiuri was named creative director last summer, Mrs. Meier and Ruffieux—now creative director at Carven—departed.
If appointed, this couple could very well elevate the brand to levels not seen since Simons was the helm in the mid 2000’s. The collaborative efforts of two designers who together understand clothing on all levels, from street to Atelier, could be something quite special. Stay tuned for any developments.