The newest creative director’s duo in the fashion industry are Luke and Lucie Meier. They are husband and wife and they have been appointed as new creative directors of Jil Sander. This is their first season as being on the head of the brand. Their work background in impeccable: Luke was a former head of design at Supreme, and Lucile worked in Dior as co-designer in the time before Raf Simmons departed, and previously at Louis Vuitton under Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquiere. After Raf Simmon’s departure, she became the head creative director of Dior for several seasons. This Swiss-Canadian duo turned out to be a perfect match for Jil Sander, as their fashion expertise and experience is extensive.
This collection is representative of the signature Sander minimalism, with added feminine touches, all that well blended into paillette details and cinched waists. The official runway debut of this collection will be in September. The collection these two created was a combination of Lucie’s purity, grace and precision and Luke’s fast-paced and advanced cool attitude. The brand’s signature looks and attitude has most often been associated with stark minimalism. One of Sander’s hallmarks has been the emphasis on the rigid constructions. The couple’s duo managed to introduce a subtler approach into the designs they presented into the both lines, women’s and men’s.
The central piece of the collection is the crisp white shirt. It represented a clean foundation and became a connecting point between the two lines. The silhouettes that wore it became more precise, lighter and smoother, with an artistic vibe and folk volumes. Lucie’s presence as feminine touch was the much needed flair that was applied and visible through the entire collection. Then it progressed to elegant black coat with shiny plastic paillettes. Some of the sharper designs were the cotton poplin shirts and dresses, cinched at the waist, with corset belts.
The coat revealed pleated details and unfinished edges, something totally contrary to the sharper designs. There were some unexpected glossy surfaces on the hooded parkas, nylon shirts and bombers. The use of fur was limited to the trench coats who were embellished with zippers. The overall look on the collection revealed a nice bridge between the new modern, tradition and heritage and innovation and the Meiers completely succeeded into it.