Jil Sander


Milan: After S/S 11’s critically lauded experiment in color and volume, Raf Simons seemed to return to his signature minimalism for Pre-Fall. Precise dresses, slim pants and standout coats were highlights, and the color palette managed to convey the graphic quality of last season’s popping brights while staying rooted in the designer’s previous preference for neutrals. Blue-grey, navy, cinnamon brown and brick red were enlivened with a vibrant marigold hue. The tones formed a geometric collage for color-blocked dresses and tops. Dresses made from felted wools looked new, the firm fabric delineating their simple boxy shape. Though less striking than some of Simons’ past efforts, this elegant offering is more in line with what Jil Sander customers have come to expect and is certain to please the label’s followers.

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