Jil Sander

Noted as the Queen of Less, Jil Sander launched her eponymous label in 1973. Her signature clean lines, slim fitting tops and sharply cut pantsuits helped popularized the minimalist movement in the nineties. Sander’s understated elegance and high-end materials garnered her a cult following of critics and buyers, leading to a $200 million empire. The label continued to find success with the launch of menswear in 1997. Sander departed from her label in 2000 after 71 percent of the label was purchased by Prada Group in 1999. However, she made a return in 2003 after a failed attempt to revive the label was made under the new creative direction of Milan Vukmirovic. Sander revisited her minimalist aesthetic, though this time, more feminine and with splashes of colors, before officially ending her time with her namesake label in 2004 after four seasons. Belgian designer Raf Simons came onboard as creative director in 2005, staying true to the heritage of the Jil Sander brand. His take on menswear and womenswear are both conceptual and sculptural, with bold color blocking, exaggerated silhouettes and luxurious textiles.