Sep 14, 2017 | By Sarah Owen
Milan… Raf Simons always has some of the most minimal looks of Milan Fashion Week, but they usually say the most without any unnecessary details. For S/S 10 he seemed to be in a very good mood, almost walking on a literal cloud nine. Looking towards the “limpid eroticism” of the early twentieth-century Japanese artist Tsugoharu Foujita, models all had bowl cuts and wore super clean silhouettes. Delicate t-shirts were lined with gold piping; the airy lightness of the knits were such that we were expecting them to fly off of the models’ backs like a child’s helium balloon. With an overall color palette of black and white, the only real pop of color came from an icy blue nylon trench that radiated a subtle glow rather than demanding its presence. The expected experimental jacket closures and asymmetrical plackets were present, becoming one of Simons’ trademarks. A few knits and woven shirts featured Foujita prints, albeit in a very quiet way. When you think about it, that’s the Jil Sander aesthetic in a nutshell: giving us small details that take up minimal space but say so much.
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