Jil Sander Names New Creative Director

Here's a new name to get on your radar.
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Here's a new name to get on your radar.
Rodolfo Paglialunga. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty

Rodolfo Paglialunga. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty

When Jil Sander announced in October her third departure from the Milan-based fashion house she founded, execs once again had the challenging task of replacing her.

Sander's replacement, it was announced Tuesday, will be Rodolfo Paglialunga -- not a buzzy, recognizable name, but still a notable one: He was most recently creative director at Vionnet from 2009 to 2011, and before that, womenswear design director at Prada.

"My aim is to carry forward the fusion between sophistication, luxury and innovation and bring the house into the next level," said Paglialunga in a statement.

His first collection will be for spring 2015. The company's fall 2014 collection was completed by the design team.

We liked Vionnet's collections under Paglialunga, though they didn't quite fit the minimalist bill that Jil Sander is best known for -- not that Paglialunga can't do that. After he went to Dior, Raf Simons (Jil Sander's creative director from 2005 to early 2012) always said that he wasn't a minimalist, but was working on a minimalist brand.