Belgian designer Raf Simons has been named as fashion label Jil Sander's new creative director, ending months of speculation over who will replace the label's founder.

Previous creative director and founder Jil Sander quit the label for a second time in November due to "strategic and financial" disagreements with majority owner Prada.

Simons - who also has his own clothing range - will be responsible for men's and women's wear from 1 July onwards, working on collections to be launched at the start of 2006.

"I am eager to carry forward the simple, pristine design that the Jil Sander name has come to represent", Simons said in a statement.

The Jil Sander label is believed to be pursuing an "aggressive restructuring plan" with the aim of boosting efficiency and reducing loss for this financial year.