SIMONS TO SANDER?
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: Speculation in Europe is mounting that Belgian designer Raf Simons
is heading to Jil Sander to head its women's and men's wear design. Sources close to the company said the Belgian designer, known for his innovative men's wear and experimental proportions, is close to a deal with Prada, which owns Jil Sander. "There's about a 99 percent chance," said a person close to the company, who added an announcement could come as early as today. A Prada spokesman declined to comment, and Simons, who has designed some women's wear in the past, couldn't be reached. A team has been designing Jil Sander since the namesake designer left her label last year. Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli
told WWD earlier this month that he didn't rule out the possibility of hiring a new designer for the label. When asked what he thought of Simons, he joked: "Who's that?"