Fashion brand Jil Sander parts company with designer

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Fashion label Jil Sander said Wednesday that it had parted company with the Italian designer Rodolfo Paglialunga in the latest merry-go-round at the top of fashion.

"We decided to terminate our professional journey with Rodolfo Paglialunga together with the designer himself," said Alessandra Bettari, the head of the Milan-based brand in a statement.

Paglialunga, who had previously worked for Prada and French label Vionnet, had spent three years at the brand, showing his last collection during Milan fashion week last month.

Jil Sander, known for its minimalist style, was founded by the German designer of the same name in 1968, but it is now owned by the Japanese fashion conglomerate Onward Holdings Company.

The brand refused to comment on speculation that it was about to appoint Lucie and Luke Meier to replace Paglialunga.

Women's Wear Daily, the industry bible, said the couple were poised to take reins.

Swiss-born Lucie Meier, 32, took the helm of Dior with her compatriot Serge Ruffieux for 10 months after the shock departure of Raf Simons in 2015.

The pair impressed during the long interregnum at the fabled French house before the appointment of Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri last July.

Ruffieux, 42, has since been named as the new artistic director of French brand Carven.

Canadian Luke Meier, a veteran of US streetwear brand Supreme, is best known for founding the Paris-based menswear brand OAMC.

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