Established womenswear designer, Rodolfo Paglialunga (pictured above), is crossing the great gender divide and bringing his talents to the new menswear line for Jil Sander. The line will be revealed on January 17, at the brand's Milan showroom, and will be his first collection as creative director for Jil Sander, a post he was appointed to in April 2014. 

Paglialunga's impressive resume includes ten years at Prada in a number of roles, peaked by his appointment as womenswear design director. Moving on from Prada in 2009, he took the role of creative director at Vionnet, before making the move to his current position last year.  

For his first menswear collection, Paglialunga has stayed true to the Jil Sander tradition of luxury fabrics such as cashmere and double wool, but tried not to think too much about the big shoes he is filling: "Jil Sander's heritage is so strong that sometimes it's better not to pay too much attention to it to avoid the risk of being intimidated," said the designer, expressing his admiration for the work of the brand's founder. "I try to create the collections from my own point of view, following my instinct and focusing on what I like." 

Rodolfo Paglialunga to debut first men's collection for Jil Sander

We can expect to see wearable creations, designed for living, rather than abstract shapes and creations. "I tried to build the collection to make it easily approachable by customers," he said. "I didn't want to create the image of an abstract, idealised man. I wanted to inject a sense of real life." He added that he "didn't stick to a specific, statement silhouette". The collection will see fitted pieces matched with relaxed styles. 

The colour palette employs the sophisticated classic men's tones, such as black, blue, brown and burgundy, in combination with brighter injections of colour. The styling of outfits will see mostly monochromatic ensembles contrasted with coats, trousers and blazers in micro-geometric prints that use a combination of patterns. 

As well as the clothing creations, which are said to feature knitwear and have an inclination towards workwear, a footwear collection of polished luxury loafers, booties and derbies will be unveiled.