Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jil Sander 2010 Spring/Summer Collection

To say that Raf Simons does not cater to the glamorous is an understatement. His collections for the house of Jil Sander prove this. Take their 2010 spring/summer collection- eschewing trends and fashion, the clothes allowed layers of fabric to peel back, left hanging in patches. Linen and gauze tailoring were patched together in very interesting, almost geometric sheer and opaque zones, while knitwear was manipulated into complex conceptual surface patterns to conceal and reveal skin in unexpected ways. Fabrics were natural-looking, and the tone of the collection was organic and minimal.
While some will debate the wearability of the clothes, anyone who is the least aware of the Raf Simons aesthetic knows that that's one aspect of fashion and design Simons isn't concerned with. In fact, a better argument that can be posited is that this collection proves how much Simons has gotten away in insisting on the freedom to experiment with Jil Sander. And as we all know, that is always welcome.

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