Jil Sander Returns To Jil Sander
After yesterday’s announcement that longtime designer Raf Simons would leave Jil Sander after the Fall ’12 women’s show, the house announced today that its founder and namesake (left) will return to the label as creative director. “I am very happy and excited to be back,” Sander said in a statement. “It feels like coming home after a brief journey. The Jil Sander brand is ingrained in my very being, naturally, my vision of sophisticated, truly modern design stayed with me, as vivid as on the first day. Paradigms change and evolve from season to season, but the heart of a brand doesn’t alter. It will be a great challenge and a greater joy to design Jil Sander’s contemporary identity. I am convinced that the moment is as favorable as could be wished. The fashion world needs original voices and genuine signatures. I will do my best to, once again, join the choir.”
Most recently, Sander had worked with the Japan-based retailer Uniqlo on +J, her own line of fast-fashion men’s and womenswear. Uniqlo announced last June that its three year partnership with the designer was at an end and that the current collection of +J would be Sander’s last.