It was just a year and a half ago, after Raf Simons said a teary goodbye after presenting his final collection for Jil Sander, that we learned that Sander herself would be returning to her eponymous label to fill his shoes. Today, according to WWD, the Milan-based house announced that she would once again be leaving her post as creative director, and that the Spring 2014 collection she showed in September was her last.
This marks the third time that Sander has left her own label: The first was back in 2000 after Prada bought a controlling stake in her company. She returned in 2003 and stuck around for about a year before leaving once more. After eight years away, Sander came back for a final time in February 2012 after Raf Simons stepped down from his position as creative director.
Sander is said to be leaving for personal reasons, and her in-house design team will be in charge of completing the Fall 2014 collection. There are a few big-name free agent designers floating around the industry right now, so let the speculation as to who will take Ms. Sander’s place begin.