Last week, WWD reported that Jil Sander was spotted at a fabric fair, sparking rumors that the German designer was readying for a comeback after exiting her semi-eponymous label (her real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander) in 2004. But those hoping for a return to the runway should instead focus their attention to the racks: Jil Sander's just signed on as a "design consultant" for Uniqlo, the Japanese high street brand known for bright basics and a steady stream of capsule collections from designers like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and now from Jil herself, who'll release her own designs for the company as part of the long-term deal. No word on exactly when these designs will materialize, but if other megabrands follow in Uniqlo's lead and add value and originality to their own designs, too, we can't wait to see the amazing clothes that'll end up in the hands of everyone.
Bye Bye +J: Uniqlo Ends Partnership With Jil Sander
After three years working together, Uniqlo and Jil Sander are parting ways. "With the recent completion of the design of the fall and winter collection, Ms. Sander and Uniqlo agreed that they had fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do. Consequently, the two parties have decided to wrap up their design consulting agreement with this collection," Uniqlo said in a release. Jil Sander designed Uniqlo's popular +J line for Uniqlo. The collection, especially the outerwear, was really good and really affordable so we're sad to see it go. One time a friend accidentally grabbed a men's large version of her J+ wool coat after a late night at a bar and she loved it so much she had it tailored to fit her again and wore it lovingly the whole winter. (Funnier part of the story is that her friend went home with the guy whose coat she had stolen and he was super pissed about losing his Jil Sander for Uniqlo coat--"It looks like a girl's coat but it's not!" he insisted.)