MILAN — Could Jil Sander ring in the New Year with not one, but two new creative designers? According to market sources, the fashion company has engaged Lucie and Luke Meier to succeed Rodolfo Paglialunga, but an announcement is not expected until March, after the latter has presented the women’s collection for the label.
Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux respectively headed the spring and fall ready-to-wear and couture studios under Raf Simons at Dior before stepping into the spotlight between the exit of the couturier and the arrival of his successor, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Meier worked in the design studios of Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton earlier in her career. Her husband Luke is the cofounder and designer of men’s label OAMC.
The couple would each bring their expertise working together for Jil Sander, which produces full ranges for women and men. As first reported in November, market sources said the Milan-based house has been in touch with a number of designers, including the Meiers.
Jil Sander is foregoing a men’s runway show this season, opting for a presentation, scheduled on Jan. 14 in Milan.
One source said Lucie Meier has been spotted at Jil Sander in Italy. Another source speculated that Simons, whose seven-year tenure
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