75 posts tagged "Jil Sander"
The fight against fakes continues. Hermès International has announced that the French national police caught an international crime ring that was working around the clock to produce counterfeit versions of the brand’s iconic bags. The twist here is that some of the luxury house’s employees were in on the scheme, two of which have been dismissed. [WWD]
After a seven-year hiatus, Jil Sander has returned to Milan to take the helm of her namesake brand. The Hamburg native, who will show her menswear collection on Saturday, spoke to Suzy Menkes about how she plans to find her new place in fashion. “I’m working less on decoration, more on form—pattern making and materials, with a lot of dresses in the collection—in a good, modern way,” she said. [NYT]
Robert Pattinson may be more of a fashionista than we thought. In the latest edition of GQ U.K., the actor divulged that he has Gucci creative director Frida Giannini’s phone number on speed dial. “The amount of times I’ve been stuck in some random city and have called her up and had things brought in at absolutely the last minute—it’s crazy,” he says. [Huff Po]
Christian Louboutin has a men’s-only store hitting the West Village this summer, along with menswear boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami, and London on the horizon. Not bad, considering the designer says he never had any intention of creating his red-soled shoes for men. [WWD]
Another day, another designer collaboration. Here’s a new one that’s actually worth knowing about: Brit designer Christopher Shannon has teamed up with the Cambridge Satchel Company on a range of satchel backpacks that hit the runway in London this past weekend. A departure from the handbag brand’s simple aesthetic, Shannon’s pieces feature fringing, matte, and patent leather. [Fashion Monitor]
On Monday, the fashion world got the answer it had been waiting for—the long-vacant spot at Dior had been filled by Raf Simons. Since then, the question has been surrounding Simons’ strength as a minimalist and how that would fit in at a couture house like Dior. “I don’t think it’s wrong to call me a minimalist. It’s wrong to call me a minimalist only,” the designer tells WWD.
Though he wouldn’t reveal any details about what he has in mind for the future of Dior, he said he’s always been attracted to the midcentury period (Dior’s heyday), which included the “then-radical full-skirted New Look that Dior pioneered.” He also mentioned his admiration for the house’s founder and spoke to a mutual “penchant for plant life and the outdoors.”
“When I’m married to a house, I will fully embrace its original intention, its original heritage and meaning,” says the designer. “I’m interested in creativity, the evolution of creativity and the relationship between creativity and the times we live in.” Simons arrives in Paris today to begin work on his first Dior Couture collection, debuting in July. Until then, we wait.
The curtain came down today on Raf Simons’ term at Jil Sander and next week, the brand’s namesake founder will once again be at the helm. Now rumors have surfaced that Hedi Slimane, the designer who came on the scene at Yves Saint Laurent in the nineties, might be back heading back to the French label.
Outlets in the U.S. and France, including WWD, Le Figaro, and the Agence France-Presse are reporting that sources close to the matter have said that Slimane will be named the new creative director of the house. Yves Saint Laurent’s parent company, PPR, has not commented, though current creative director Stefano Pilati’s contract is up next month and there has long been speculation over whether or not it will be extended. Slimane has been focused on photography since leaving Dior Homme in 2007. He has never helmed a women’s collection before but while at Dior, he made custom versions of his men’s suits for female clients.
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.