In the middle of fashion house shakeup season (of which this year has been quite a doozy), it was announced that Rodolfo Paglialunga would depart Jil Sander after just three years. Paglialunga was appointed in 2014 after Sander dramatically left the helm of her eponymous label for the third time. But fear not, for the trailblazing minimalist brand has not one, but two new creative directors: Luke and Lucie Meier, a married couple with a collective resume that includes the likes of Supreme, Balenciaga, and Dior.
The two didn’t always come as a package deal (but how cute is it that they do now?): Lucie put in time at Louis Vuitton under Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga with Nicolas Ghesquière before briefly helming the womenswear design team at Dior in between the eras of Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, alongside Carven’s Serge Ruffieux. Luke spent eight years as head designer at Supreme before going on to co-found his own, slightly more grown-up streetwear label OAMC.
Between the two of them, they’ve got plenty of credentials and seem poised breathe new, perhaps even youth culture-inspired life into the label. And apparently, at least one of them is a longtime Sander fan.
“My mother is a big Jil Sander fan, those were the only designer clothes she would buy,” Lucie told WWD. “That was my introduction to fashion: She would dress super chic in Jil Sander clothes and I liked their impact, how they would transform her.”
Looks like for today at least, all’s well that end’s well in fashion’s never-ending game of musical chairs.