Jil Sander has revealed that Lucie and Luke Meier will be its new creative directors, following the exit of Rodolfo Paglialunga last month. If Lucie's name sounds familiar, it's because the Switzerland-born designer most recently served as co-creative director of the five Dior collections between Raf Simons' exit from the house, and Maria Grazia Chiuri's debut.
Meanwhile, her Canadian husband, Luke, worked for 8 years as head designer of Supreme before co-launching his own men's wear line OAMC. 'We feel honored to join this beautiful brand through our work, as Jil Sander has had such a profound influence on our paths,' Lucie and Luke said in a statement today.
'Lucie and Luke possess an intimate connection and a deep understanding of the brand. They hold a vision which is modern, cohesive, and in touch with what is relevant now and they beautifully combine it with a subtle sensibility for fabrics, garment construction and detail definition. I expect the creation of very clever collections and a world to be inspired by,' Jil Sander's CEO Alessandra Bettari said in a statement.
It's been an unusually busy week for big creative director changes. We had barely recovered from Monday's news that Jenna Lyons, the Internet's original girl crush, would be leaving J.Crew after 26 years with the company when we got the news on Wednesday that Shayne Oliver would be putting his critically adored line, Hood By Air, on hiatus in order to focus on his new role as creative director of Helmut Lang.
That same day, Emilio Pucci announced that it's still fairly new head creative Massimo Giorgetti, who was widely touted as one of Milan's bright new stars, would be leaving the brand after just two years in the gig. He'll instead devote more time his own line, MSGM.
And now this. Lucie and Luke's first collection for Jil Sander will be during the spring/summer '18 runway season in Milan.