Update: The International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes reports that a source close to Jil Sander Sander has confirmed her return to her eponymous label.
Raf Simons’s last show for Jil Sander will be this Saturday, reports the New York Times’s Cathy Horyn, who writes that “after nearly seven years as creative director of Jil Sander, Raf Simons is leaving the Milan-based company, according to a joint statement issued by the Jil Sander Group and Mr. Simons.” Simons’s last day at the company will be Monday. A successor will be announced in a few days, according to the Times.
The news of the Simons’s departure comes with a report from German tabloid Gala that Jil Sander herself is making a return to her eponymous label in a few weeks. This would mark Sanders’s second comeback to the brand she founded in 1968. She first left the company in 2000 – just six months after Prada bought 75 percent of it – due to disputes with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. Sander returned in 2003, but left again because of continuing friction with Bertelli. Since then, she has worked with Uniqlo as creative director, designing the +J diffusion line for three years. Sander left Uniqlo at the end of last year.
But where does that leave Simons, who is breaking a contract to leave Jil Sander? If the unsubstantiated reports last December were true, he may indeed be headed to Dior to take over the position left empty when the company fired John Galliano for making drunken anti-Semitic slurs.