Rodolfo Paglialunga has exited Jil Sander after three years at the helm of the brand.
“It was a great pleasure to collaborate with everyone in Jil Sander and to give my contribution in the brand’s history and legacy,” he said today in a statement.
No reason was given for why Paglialunga is leaving and his replacement has yet to be announced, but it sounds like the decision came from execs at the helm of the house. “We decided to terminate our professional journey with Rodolfo Paglialunga together with the designer himself,” said Alessandra Bettari, CEO of OLG (the Japanese luxury fashion conglomerate which owns Jil Sander). “We want to deeply thank Paglialunga for his great job at Jil Sander and the respect he paid to the brand’s DNA.”
The wording is very interesting, and it is worth wondering what Bettari and OLG have in mind for the future. The Jil Sander aesthetic has always been one of clean lines and minimalism that never goes out of style. (Paglialunga’s last collection for Jil Sander was Fall 2017, which featured oversized shoulders and neutral colors very much in line with the house's history.) That being said, because of the quiet nature of the clothes, the brand, though well respected, is often overlooked in the larger fashion conversation. Could this be a sign that OLG wants to generate more buzz around the label? Recently there has been a rumor that Simon Porte Jacquemus (of his eponymous label) might be headed to the German brand. The Frenchman has garnered quite a bit of attention over the past few seasons, and has won over critics with his collections. It would be an interesting choice to bring him on at Jil Sander and watch him translate his aesthetic for the brand—but talks of his appointment have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned.