Oh boo! Jil Sander and Uniqlo are set to part ways, with Sander’s A/W ’11 +J collection being her last for the label since her debut in October ’09.
‘With the recent completion of the design of the... fall and winter collection, Ms. Sander and [Uniqlo] agreed that they had fully explored the possibilities of their creative collaboration and accomplished what they had set out to do. Consequently, the two parties have decided to wrap up their design consulting agreement with this collection’ said Uniqlo in a release, yesterday.
Sander’s collaboration with Uniqlo was touted as her return to the fashion industry after her departure on two separate occasions (in 2000 and 2004) from Jil Sander, the label she founded in 1968, famed for its super luxurious minimal silhouette and currently under the creative direction of Raf Simons.
At the time the deal with Uniqlo was struck, it was intended that Sander would work not only on +J but also on overseeing the Japanese label’s mainline range, though this never materialised, say WWD. On sighing with Uniqlo, Sander said ‘I wanted to have a new challenge and a new dream’, and in April 2010 on extending the contract indefinitely, she stated ‘it’s almost like destiny’.