Jil Sander's Rodolfo Paglialunga Is Stepping Down as Creative Director [Updated]

After just three years on the job.
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Rodolfo Paglialunga at the Jil Sander Spring 2016 runway show. Photo: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images

Rodolfo Paglialunga at the Jil Sander Spring 2016 runway show. Photo: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images

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Jil Sander Creative Director Rodolfo Paglialunga's exit — a move that had been anticipated since January — is now official, a spokesperson confirmed to Fashionista on Wednesday. (WWD was the first to report the news.) Paglialunga, who showed his final collection for the minimalist label last month at Milan Fashion Week, held the job for just three years, following a stint at Vionnet. "We decided to terminate our professional journey with Rodolfo Paglialunga together with the designer himself," Alessandra Bettari, CEO of Jil Sander said in a statement. "We want to deeply thank Paglialunga for his great job at Jil Sander and the respect he paid to the brand's DNA."

While the house has not yet named Paglialunga's successor, designers Lucie and Luke Meier (the former of whom headed up the Dior Haute Couture collections under Raf Simons) are widely believed to be in talks to be appointed as co-creative directors, with an official announcement imminent. It's also worth noting that Paglialunga's exit follows the recurring pattern of creative directors leaving their posts after three years: Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane all departed their roles at Balenciaga, Dior and Saint Laurent, respectively, after serving for the same amount of time. 

UPDATED, Thurs., April 6: After three months of speculation, The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Gallagher confirmed Thursday morning on Twitter that married designers Lucie and Luke Meier will officially replace Paglialunga as co-creative directors of Jil Sander. (There's no word yet on their start date, and a representative for Jil Sander was not immediately available for comment.) 

While the couple's vision for Jil Sander has yet to be seen, Luke Meier's expertise is primarily in the streetwear realm, having served as a head designer for Supreme before launching OAMC, an urban menswear label, with Carhartt's Arnaud Faeh in 2015.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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