Yesterday's announcement of Raf Simons' departure from Jil Sander opened a can of worms. The two questions no one could stop talking about were: 1) Where would Raf Simons go next? 2) Who would succeed the Belgian designer at Jil Sander?
The answer to the second question has been confirmed: Jil Sander will return to take the creative lead at the fashion house. This will be the German designer's third stint at her namesake label: differences with the brand's former top executive, Patrizio Bertelli, led her to step down first in 2000 and then—after returning in 2003—again in 2004.
After disappearing from the fashion stage for several years, Sander signed on to design a line for Uniqlo, J+, in 2009. The collaboration was dissolved at the end of last year.
Now that we know what's ahead for Jil Sander the designer and Jil Sander the brand, we just need to figure out what's going on with Raf Simons. WWD reports that negotiations with Dior weren't fruitful and that it's "unlikely" that the designer will step in to the head designer shoes at the French fashion house.
Vogue Nippon editor Anna Dello Russo told Fashionista that Raf Simons might choose to focus on his eponymous label, expanding it to include a womenswear line, instead of joining another brand, but reports of talks between the designer and Yves Saint Laurent late last year make it possible that Raf Simons still has a surprise up his sleeve.
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