Designer Dish. Raf Simons Leaves Jil Sander

February 23, 2012 • Designers, Fashion, Fashion Blog, Industry

Raf Simons

Amid the tumult that is fashion week across the pond, we Americans are usually allowed a break from major fashion news as we rub our aching heels and catch up on our nonexistent sleep. But this newsworthy tidbit has everyone atwitter this morning: Raf Simons, the designer who has run the Jil Sander label sine 2005, has confirmed he will be stepping down following the Fall ’12 show. 

And as sad as the industry is seeing him go, the reason it’s causing such a stir is because it’s looking more and more like Sander herself will return. The designer recently told a reporter for WWD’s sister publication, WWD Japan, that she was working on a new project she couldn’t yet talk about, but that it would be announced during the Milan collections. Sander founded the company in 1968 in Hamburg, sold 75 percent of it to the Prada Group in 1999 and left the label in 2000. After a brief return in 2003, she departed again and began working on independent projects, like the hugely popular high street collaboration with Uniqlo.

In a brief statement, the Sander company thanked “Simons for his dedicated commitment to the brand, throughout these years, and wishes him the very best for the future.” The company would not comment to WWD on the status of Sander’s alleged return, though they did say the company would appoint a new creative director “in the next few days.”


-Alia Rajput

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