Jil Sander Group names new creative director

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MILAN (AP) — A new creative director has been named to succeed Jil Sander six months after she departed for the third time from the fashion house that she founded.

Jil Sander Group said in a release Tuesday that Vionnet designer Rodolfo Paglialunga has been named creative director. His first designs will be presented in September on the spring/summer 2015 womenswear runway.

Sander, 69, stepped down as designer in October, citing personal reasons. An in-house team designed the company's winter collections shown earlier this year.

Paglialunga started his fashion design career at Romeo Gigli in the 1990s, joining Prada in 1996 and leaving for Vionnet in 2009. Jil Sander Group CEO Alessandro Cremonesi praised Paglialunga's "refined and cosmopolitan approach."

Jil Sander's minimalist man-tailored looks took off in the 1990s.

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