Jil Sander has announced the appointment of the husband-and-wife design duo, Luke and Lucie Meier, as the house’s new creative directors, WWD has confirmed. The news comes after the departure of Rodolfo Paglialunga in March.
This will be the first time the couple has worked together, although they both have plenty of experience in the industry. Lucie has worked for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, and most recently worked under Raf Simons at Dior, where she then took the reins (alongside Serge Ruffieux) in the interim before Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment last summer. Her husband Luke is the co-founder of the menswear brand OAMC.
“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.”
“Ms Sander’s approach was to break a lot of rules,” Luke says. “I found that very appealing. We want to work on both collections simultaneously and we want there to be a strong dialogue between men’s and women’s, one voice and one perspective.”
They will show their first collection in June.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.